Parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba hit by blizzard: Environment Canada

Much of Manitoba and a stretch of eastern Saskatchewan was hammered by horrible weather conditions on Monday that ranged from blizzards in some places to freezing rain and even a thunderstorm.

“It’s probably a good idea to review all of those emergency plans and emergency kits and all of your supplies to make sure you can handle power outages, that you can handle being on your own for a couple of days,” an Environment Canada spokeswoman told CTV News.

Manitoba Infrastructure said parts of the TransCanada and the Yellowhead highways, along with Highways 5, 10, 41, 45 and 83 were closed in the region due to poor driving conditions.

CTV reported that five semi-trailers had been involved in a collision on the Trans-Canada between Brandon and Virden, Man.

The storm also knocked out power to thousands of customers in southwest Manitoba.

Scott Powell of Manitoba Hydro said 3,600 customers in western Manitoba lost power in places including Sifton, Souris, Glenwood, Neepawa, Grassland and Norfolk.

The utility sent out a tweet late Monday saying people in Dauphin and Swan River should also expect “extended outages” as crews were having trouble responding to calls partly because of the road closures.

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