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Frigid temps, little visibility

Expect c-c-cold into the new year

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Brett Hudson (from left), Mark Reed and Mitch Decaire of Sue's Socceroos and Mara's Mountaineers play some soccer in the snow at their annual  Snow Bowl at LaVerendrye School. They may have been the only brave souls having some fun outdoors Saturday.

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Brett Hudson (from left), Mark Reed and Mitch Decaire of Sue's Socceroos and Mara's Mountaineers play some soccer in the snow at their annual Snow Bowl at LaVerendrye School. They may have been the only brave souls having some fun outdoors Saturday. Photo Store

Any Winnipeggers out in the cold Saturday tackled relentless blowing snow and frigid cold temperatures. For anyone driving, visibility was reduced to less than one kilometre, so it was slow going on the roads as motorists tried to avoid crashing.

After Friday's mild temperatures, the mercury dropped back into negative double-digit territory and Environment Canada issued wind chill and blowing-snow warnings for the city Saturday.

With a temperature of -27 C and a wind chill that made it feel like -39 C, there weren't a lot of people out enjoying the weather.

The Kids Fishing For a Cure Ice Fishing Derby in Selkirk was cancelled due to even worse conditions in the area. Instead, event organizers met at Pro-Am Tackle late Saturday afternoon to draw prizes for their 50/50 draw.

The Forks also closed all skating trails due to the blowing snow. Even some people wanting to visit the graves of loved ones were unable to as all three city-owned cemeteries were closed due to the weather.

Between five and ten centimetres of snow fell in the Winnipeg area from Friday night to Saturday afternoon and winds gusted between 30 and 70 kilometres per hour.

To help clear snow on all major routes, the city declared a snow route parking ban from midnight to 7 a.m. today. It warned cars parked in violation of the ban would receive a $100 ticket and could be towed.

The RCMP issued a travel advisory for the Trans-Canada Highway from Headingley to Elie, as well as the Perimeter Highway.

In western Manitoba, a travel advisory was issued for Highway 1 from Carberry to Brandon, as well as Highways 5, 10, 100, 101, 250 and 340.

The RCMP also warned poor driving conditions made it difficult for emergency vehicles to respond to accidents along the highway.

Greyhound and VIA Rail were operating smoothly in Manitoba, with no delays due to weather conditions.

The weather also didn't cause any flight delays, said a spokeswoman at the Winnipeg Airport Authority.

However, Operation Red Nose cancelled its service on one of their busiest nights of the year, due to poor driving conditions.

The overnight low was set to drop to -34 C with an extreme wind chill of -44, according to Environment Canada.

Today's forecast high is -28 C. The extended forecasts into next week aren't much better, with a high of -26 C predicted for Monday, -29 C on Tuesday and -26 C on New Year's Day.

veronika.gorlova@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 29, 2013 A3

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