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Parts of province feeling those winter blues

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Don't grumble Winnipeggers. We got off easy.

Have some empathy for our good friends in places like Plumas, Dauphin and Ste. Rose du Lac. These folks received a thick blanket of snow over the last 36 hours and will be shovelling out this morning.

Plumas, located northeast of Neepawa, got smacked with nearly 40 centimetres of snow, while some areas around Dauphin got 20 cm of snow.

Highway 5 from Neepawa to McCreary is closed due to snow-covered sections. Highway 10 through Riding Mountain National Park had been closed early this morning but was re-opened at 9:30 a.m., according to the province's highways website at www.manitoba.ca/mit/roadinfo/index.html.

It was mostly rain that fell in Winnipeg, although we got a light dusting of the white stuff overnight.

Flurries will taper off today, and the high temperature is 2 C.

Expect a marked improvement over the next week. While the high for Thursday is only 3 C in Winnipeg, the mercury is expected to rise to 7 C on Friday, 10 C on Saturday and 15 C on Sunday.

And get this, Environment Canada is calling for temperatures over 20 C on Monday and Tuesday -- even in Dauphin!

For now, though, people in the Parkland region of the province have the winter blues, except for the kids who are enjoying a snow day today.

All schools in the Lakeshore School Division are closed because of poor weather.

The schools in Plumas and Langruth are also closed, however, the other schools in the Pine Creek School Division are open and buses are running.

Buses in and around Dauphin are not running.

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Updated on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM CDT: Adds highway closures.

9:23 AM: corrects typo.

9:58 AM: adds photo

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