Late blast of winter shuts down parts of southern Manitoba

With a winter storm pelting the northern U.S. and southern parts of Manitoba and Ontario, several communities were left to wonder if spring really is just a week away.READ MORE: Southern Manitoba placed under several weather alertsThe new season officially begins March 20, but as the Colorado Low blew over the border region early Thursday, fresh new heavy snow mixed with rain forced the closure of several highways in southern Manitoba.This Manitoba Highways map shows red circles where the roadways were closed, while yellow lines indicate partially snow-covered routes.

This Manitoba government map shows road conditions as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday, with red indicators for road closures.

This Manitoba government map shows road conditions as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday, with red indicators for road closures.Manitoba 511.ca#MBHwy14: #MBHwy75 to #MBHwy32, Closed— Manitoba Roads (@MBGovRoads) March 14, 2019
Some closures were due to driving conditions, while others were a result of vehicle collisions.

Vehicles were backed up along the TransCanada Highway near Headingley after a collision closed westbound lanes.

Vehicles were backed up along the TransCanada Highway near Headingley after a collision closed westbound lanes.submitted
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The westbound lanes of Highway 1 near Headingley were closed over the lunch hour after a collision. It reopened at about 2:30 p.m.Earlier in the day, a section of the Trans-Canada Highway near Falcon Lake was also closed due to a crash.READ MORE: Multiple injuries after major crash East of WinnipegGlobal News weather specialist Kahla Shea said a blizzard warning was still in effect for the Steinbach area mid-day Thursday, with an additional 2-4 cm of snow possible in the afternoon. Wind gusts near 60 km/h were also expected.READ MORE: Global News Winnipeg racing the Colorado Low to North DakotaThe snowfall warning was still in effect for the Whiteshell – Lac du Bonnet – Pinawa areas, with total amounts of 10-20 cm possible by the evening.

This map shows the weather system blanketing south eastern Manitoba mid-day Thursday.

This map shows the weather system blanketing south eastern Manitoba mid-day Thursday.SkyTracker Weather

This weather map shows the storm continuing to move out of the province later in the day Thursday.

This weather map shows the storm continuing to move out of the province later in the day Thursday.SkyTracker WeatherFuturecast looking ahead to 4:30 p.m. and one for 9 p.m.

According to this map, the storm system will have moved out of Manitoba by Thursday evening.

According to this map, the storm system will have moved out of Manitoba by Thursday evening.SkyTracker WeatherAs the snow continues to move north into Ontario, conditions in our province should be cleared up by late evening.READ MORE: School and other cancellations around southern Manitoba on ThursdaySeveral rural school divisions closed schools due to weather conditions including the Seine River, Hanover, Border Land, Sunrise and Red River Valley.While some people may have struggled with accumulated or blowing snow, some – kids in particular – were able to enjoy the fresh blast of winter.PHOTO GALLERY:

People in southeastern Manitoba woke up to a fresh blanket of snow Thursday.

People in southeastern Manitoba woke up to a fresh blanket of snow Thursday.submitted: Susan Turner

Not everyone was unhappy with the new snow Thursday.

Not everyone was unhappy with the new snow Thursday.submitted: Julie Forest

Three year old Isaiah was not at all bothered by the fresh snow fall.

Three year old Isaiah was not at all bothered by the fresh snow fall.submitted: Rebeccah DueckGet daily local headlines and alerts