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Snowfall set to end but cold snap on the way

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WINNIPEG -- The season’s first major dump of snow in southern Manitoba has made driving conditions dicey, with road crews in Winnipeg and across the province battling winter’s blast.

"Crews were really busy overnight," Ken Allen, a city spokesman, said early this morning. Up to 10 centimetres of snow fell in the city and as much of 15 cm in some parts of the province overnight.

"We had spreader trucks putting salt out as soon as snow started to come down (Thursday) at 10 p.m., we called in the truck plows and they’ve been over overnight. We’re salting routes and continue to do so," he said.

He said 173 pieces of equipment were out plowing main routes, clearing major sidewalks and salting roads.

"Things are going well," said Allen.

A morning temperature of -2 C has made for some icy conditions at intersections, so drive with caution.

Outside the city, Highway 10 through Riding Mountain National Park and was closed last night and remains closed this morning, said a highway spokeswoman. Meanwhile, Highway 83 from Russell to Roblin has now re-opened this morning.

The Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 75 from Winnipeg to the U.S. border remain open, with snow-packed and ice-covered sections, said Katherine Moody with Manitoba Highways.

"It’s slow-going, for sure," she said. Crews have been trying to keep the roads clear since the heavy snowfall began.

"All around the province, the highway night patrol was out (overnight) on highways 1, 75 and 16, and other guys were called out throughout the province."

The Perimeter Highway is clear, but watch for blowing and accumulating snow this morning.

The snow is expected to end this afternoon in Winnipeg with bitter northwest winds gusting to 60 km/h this afternoon and temperatures falling to -10 C, Environment Canada says.

Saturday should be sunny with a high of just -13 C. On Sunday, there’s a 60 per cent chance of flurries and a high of -9 C expected. For next week, the daily highs will hover around -8 C then drop to -13 C on Wednesday.

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Updated on Friday, November 19, 2010 at 8:29 AM CST: Updated with highway reopening.

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