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Snow day great news for students, bad news for drivers

Posted: 12/5/2013 7:44 AM | Comments: 0

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Manitobans are digging out today after 12-15 centimetres of snow fell over Winnipeg, and up to 25 cms in southeast Manitoba.

Rural parents are also figuring out what to do with their kids after many southern Manitoba schools are closed today. See the list of school closures below.

Meanwhile, everyone should think twice before traveling outside the city. Blowing and drifting snow will continue. Most highways are snow-covered to some degree, and some, like Highway 12 south of Steinbach, are completely covered.

Another two centimetres of snow is expected today over much of the province, accompanied by the same fierce winds as the last couple days. The high in Winnipeg will reach -12 C today, but with northwest winds of 40 km/h, gusting to 60, for a wind chill of -27.

Expect light snow overnight with a 20 km/h wind, and a wind chill of -29.

Then snow stops and an extended cold snap begins.

Flurries will end around noon on Friday, with winds tailing off towards evening. The temperature will be steady near -20 C, with a wind chill of -32.

Saturday will be sunny but with a high of -22 C and low of -26 C; Sunday offers a high of just -22 C and a nighttime low of -30 C. The cold snap continues early next week.

Schools closed today:

• Interlake School Division

• Red River Valley School Division

• Hanover School Division

• Seine River School Division

• Borderland School Division

• Sunrise School Division

• Evergreen School Division

• Mennonite Collegiate Institute (Gretna)

• Lord Selkirk School Division

Schools open but with no bus service:

• Louis Riel School Division — schools are open but no buses are operating in the Sage Creek neighbourhood.

• Calvin Christian Schools — shuttlebus service not operating.

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