Highway driving remains tricky throughout much of Manitoba, and impossible for some in the western portion.
Poor driving conditions made for a tricky drive to work for many and will cause disruptions for others on the commute home.
"Winnipeg Transit experienced minor delays on some routes during this morning’s commute due to weather conditions, and we anticipate a similar situation this afternoon," a communications officer with Winnipeg Transit says. "Passengers are encouraged to check their schedules before travelling as any delays will be reflected in Navigo."
HIghways closed include:
- Highway 83, from Russell to Highway 49
- Highway 5, from Neepawa to Ochre River
- Highway 5, from Grandview to Saskatchewan border
- Highway 45, from Rossburn to Russell
- Highway 68, from Ste Rose du Lac to The Narrows
- Highway 276, from Ste Rose du Lac to Highway 481
- Highway 16, from PR 352 to Newdale
Highway 16, from PR 352 to the Saskatchewan Border has reopened as of 5:15 p.m.
Highway 8 between Winnipeg and Highway 67 has reopened as of 1 p.m.
Just after 12 o'clock Friday afternoon, highways began to reopen after a treacherous morning on the road. This includes the Perimeter Highway and Highway 1 from Headingly to Portage la Prairie.
Most highways near Winnipeg and in southern Manitoba are partly covered in snow with blowing and drifting snow making visibility difficult. Highways east of Winnipeg are reporting swirling snow.
Lindsay Schellenberg, who commutes from Steinbach to Winnipeg each day, says she considers herself a "fairly tough driver" but turned back Friday morning.
"Today was a little stressful; it was a little emotional," she says. "When your shoulders are tensed up and your hands are white-knuckled and you are a little bit shakey - it is one of those mornings."
As she was turning around, five cars were in the ditch behind her. Some people were driving 25 km/hour with hazards on, and others were speeding past her.
One caller said it took them 90 minutes to travel from Stonewall to Winnipeg.