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Ice, snow make for dangerous driving

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KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Icy road conditions inside and outside the city led to two semis coming off the road and an SUV rolling over Friday morning/

Give yourself some extra time when heading out on the highways today.

Icy roads are the story in and around Winnipeg this morning, thanks to Thursday’s snowfall and below freezing temperatures overnight. Motorists are advised to reduce their speed north and northeast of the city, including the Perimeter Highway, Highway 8, Highway 9, Highway 59 and Highway 44. Several vehicles have found ditch on these routes, so take the necessary precautions.

There were two semi trucks off the road on the Perimeter Highway just east of Brookside Boulevard this morning.

Ice-covered sections are also being reported on the Trans-Canada east, Highway 213, Highway 15, Highway 59 south and the south Perimeter. Highway 12 from Steinbach to the Trans-Canada is also partly ice-covered.

These ice patches should melt off as the day moves along, but be mindful of the conditions and potential for slippery sections if you’re travelling these roads today.

As for the forecast for Winnipeg and the surrounding area, a slight chance of flurries in the morning will make way for sunshine this afternoon and a daytime high near the 2 C mark.

Tonight’s low should dip down to -6 C.

Saturday should see a 30 per cent chance of flurries in the morning with a risk of freezing rain. The high is expected to be 6 C.

Environment Canada is calling for sunny skies and a high of 10 C for Sunday.

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