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Trans-Canada Highway reopens at Headingley

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Trucks in the westbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway, which closed Saturday night and reopened Sunday around 2 p.m.

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Trucks in the westbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway, which closed Saturday night and reopened Sunday around 2 p.m. Photo Store

HEADINGLEY - More than 100 westbound tractor-trailers and vehicles were queued up on the Trans-Canada Highway at Headingley before the highway reopened around 2 p.m.

It closed just as trucker Darrel Unger arrived at 5:30 a.m.

"It's just part of the deal," Unger said after waiting for more than eight hours for traffic to move.

He's bound for Lloydminster from Toronto with an empty tanker.

Bad weather with poor visibility and treacherous driving conditions prompted the closure early Sunday.

The RCMP are warning motorists about poor driving conditions with ice-covered roads and reduced visibility on the Perimeter Highway around Winnipeg.

RCMP recommend drivers use extra caution, reduce their speed and increase their distance between other vehicles.

In Winnipeg, an estimated two to four centimetres of snow is forecast today with a north wind at 30 kilometres per hour.

Environment Canada says today’s temperature is expected to remain around -3 C, then drop to -10 C this evening, with a 60 per cent chance of flurries.

Tomorrow the sun is expected to come out with a high of -4 C. The weather should warm up to 3 C on Tuesday, then cool down again with a high of -13 C expected on Wednesday.

The normal daytime high for Winnipeg at this time of year is -3 C.

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Updated on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 2:08 PM CST: Adds highway reopens

2:45 PM: Adds photos

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