Snow-battered Trans-Canada re-opens in Manitoba
Published Sunday, April 27, 2008 9:33AM EDT
The Trans-Canada Highway in southeastern Manitoba and northwest Ontario has re-opened following a nasty spring snowstorm.
However, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation describes much as the highway as having poor driving conditions and slippery sections.
Further east in northwest Ontario, some sections of the Trans-Canada remain closed, but all area highways are described as snow-covered or snow-packed.
Manitoba RCMP say the blizzard started around 2:00 a.m. Saturday, dumping between 15 and 20 centimetres of snow and stranding dozens of cars and semis.
The highway was closed from Falcon Lake, 130 kilometres east of Winnipeg, east to the Ontario border.
Many of the stranded drivers are sought shelter at a nearby weigh station as they waited for conditions to improve.
Officials had recommended drivers stay off roads in the affected region, specifically the Trans-Canada Highway east of Hadishville.
The western edge of an east-moving system caused the poor weather.
The skies over the affected region should clear by Monday, with temperatures solidly into the pluses.