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Amber Alert

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Old man winter comes to southern Manitoba in full force

WINNIPEG — Winter has come early to southern Manitoba, where forecasters predict up to 20-centimetres of snow in many areas of the Red River Valley.
Driving has been treacherous over the past two days in the Winnipeg area, where about 2,000 collisions are blamed on slick roads.
In Winnipeg, volunteers were asked to show up at Canad Inns Stadium to shovel snow to prepare the stadium for today’s CFL Eastern semi-final game between the Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos.
About 130-kilometres west of Winnipeg, police are recommending against using the westbound Trans-Canada Highway between Austin and Carberry.
Forecasters predict it could be another five days before the daily high in Winnipeg climbs above the freezing point.
South of the border, the same storm blasted the Dakotas, where at least one metre of snow has buried an area near Deadwood, South Dakota.
A 280-kilometre stretch of Interstate 90 from central South Dakota to Wyoming was closed for much of Friday to allow authorities to remove dozens of vehicles stranded by heavy snow.