Sunday, February 7th 2021, 6:05 am - Manitoba’s Highway 75 was closed due to blizzardy conditions.
Manitoba’s Highway 75 is part of Canada's National Highway System and a network of highways that connect cities in central areas of North America. A.k.a., it's a major highway and a major nuisance when it closes on rare occasions.
On Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, a storm hit Manitoba with icy, snowy, and windy conditions in tow. This wasn't good news for drivers. The roads were icy and the visibility incredibly low. This led to the closures of multiple highways in southern Manitoba, including many areas of Highway 75.
Because of the highway closure, drivers were stranded. Herman McNabb, a truck driver said, "I've never been stopped here in all my life. I've never been held up on a road, nowhere."
However, McNabb was prepared, saying, "Well I filled up with fuel and I'm sitting here where it's safe," adding, "You know, and I got a pop here and I had something to eat before I left the city, so I'm good for a day."
What a sweet reaction to what could be a stressful situation.
Some cars that were on the road ended up stuck in a ditch. Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. the RCMP received reports for 22 collisions.
A resident shared that "There’s spots you can’t see a block in front of you. It’s just horrible...If you don’t have to go anywhere, stay home."
The highway reopened the next day.
To hear more about these wintry conditions, listen to today's episode of "This Day In Weather History."
This Day In Weather History is a daily podcast by The Weather Network that features unique and informative stories from host Chris Mei.