Sunday, October 13th 2019, 11:23 am - Some crews say they've "never seen anything like" the conditions in southern Manitoba.
Manitoba premier Brian Pallister declared a state of emergency for the province late Saturday night in the wake of a powerful wintry blast that's left tens of thousands without power. As of early Sunday morning, nearly 40,000 customers are still in the dark, according to Manitoba Hydro. The storm, which blasted southern parts of the province with as much as 70 cm of wet snow, has caused extensive damage to power lines in some areas. While snow tapers off on Sunday, temperatures flirting with the freezing mark will make flooding a concern as the soggy snow begins to melt. We take a look at what to expect for the rest of the long weekend, below.
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- Non-essential travel not advised across much of southern Manitoba
- Some road closures still in effect, mainly south of Portage la Prairie and Brandon
- Flurries will linger through Sunday, lake-effect snow possible Sunday night/Monday
- Next shot of rain, snow expected on Tuesday
- Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area
WATCH BELOW: SNOWFALL TIMING ON SUNDAY
Widespread flurries will linger across much of southern Manitoba on Sunday, but it's a band of lake-effect snow off of Lake Manitoba that will add 5 to 10 cm of snow for some. That's on top of the 50 to 70 cm that fell between Friday and Saturday.
"Through Sunday and Monday, conditions will be much improved, with widely scattered wrap-around light rain/snow mix as the low continues to weaken into northwestern Ontario," says Weather Network meteorologist Nadine Hinds-Powell.
Temperatures in the low single digits for the early part of the week will contribute to the risk of flooding due to melting snow. Rivers in southern regions of the province have already been facing unusual fall flooding. Rising water levels from meltwater will further enhance the threat for localized flooding.
Besides cleanup, this is one of the emerging stories in Portage. The melting of 4:1 snow! #mbstorm @weathernetwork https://t.co/0LM6srvOtiKyle Brittain on Twitter
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THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER AS HEAVY, WET SNOW TAKES DOWN TREES AND POWERLINES
By early Sunday morning, Manitoba Hydro's website listed nearly 38,000 customers without power, down from a record-breaking 100,000 reported on Friday afternoon. The utility reported roughly 14,000 outages in Winnipeg alone at the peak of the storm.
Unreal. Seeing longer stretches of snapped hydro poles in a row on the west side of Portage than I've ever seen with any severe thunderstorm or tornado in summer. #mbstorm @weathernetwork https://t.co/yca2NtBGABKyle Brittain on Twitter
"If you see a damaged or fallen power line, stay away and call 911," Manitoba Hydro tweeted on Thursday. "Treat all lines as energized. Stay away from them or anything they touch."
Rurally, lots of our equipment is more damaged than we originally thought. Getting access & materials to site to fix these problems has been especially difficult b/c of transportation challenges. Especially in the Portage la Prairie and Interlake areas. #mbstorm #mboutage (4/5)Manitoba Hydro on Twitter
Stay tuned to The Weather Network online, on TV and social media for the latest updates on the storm.