"This is something that we'll be able to have a better idea of in a couple of weeks".
"This is a major weather event", said Scott Powell, Director of Corporate Communications for Manitoba Hydro. Powell reminds customers they can report power outages online from their smart phones. They say that even though it is down it may still be live.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for northern North Dakota and winter storm warnings and watches elsewhere in the state and into parts of South Dakota and Minnesota through Saturday afternoon. "Stay away from it, keep others away from it and call 911 immediately", said Powell.
If the snow wasn't enough, southeastern Manitoba could receive more than 50 mm of rain with the same system, based on the current weather forecast. Inside Winnipeg the snowfall amounts are predicted to be 10 - 25 cm by Saturday.
Winds were also an issue with gusts expected to reach 80 kilometres per hour and as high as 100 km/h off area lakes.
Though poor weather conditions like early snow, heavy rain, drought, or strong winds can cause leaves to fall prematurely, most trees right now are in a good position to deliver a brilliant display of color after a healthy, rain-filled summer.
The Trans-Canada Highway between Winnipeg and Brandon was closed Friday morning as visibility and road condition worsened.
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