8,000 Manitoban`s without power

8,000 Manitoban`s without power, Vladimir Volenyuk

Everyone loves snow days and beautiful weather the winter brings. But sometimes too much snow can bring some problems like difficult driving conditions and power outages. The winter forecast for Canada shows different temperatures and not as much snow, as it was last year. It is expected that the eastern part of the country throughout the winter will have a lot of rain in the form of rain and snow, predicts Accuweather.

There were almost 8,000 Winnipeg residents without power before 9 a.m.

Environment Canada meteorologist Natalie Hasell told 680 CJOB Monday that the recent snowfall –  of which Winnipeg saw between 8-13 cm – was the result of a warm front stemming from a low-pressure system currently located in central Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Hydro said there were two large power outages in Winnipeg Wednesday morning.

The first one was down Route 90 near Red River College but has since been restored. The second, in the Garden City area, was still affecting customers through the morning.

The representative of Manitoba Hydro said that extra crews are working to try to restore service to customers in south-central Manitoba. Due to thick frost, the power lines are coated in extensive ice, many lines are damaged or completely down due to the weight of ice.

Officials are warning people that all downed lines should be treated as live power lines. Manitoba Hydro also adds that anyone who comes across a downed power line is advised to stay away and call 911. Crews are actively trying to clear the ice from the lines and get power restored.

More abundant than usual snow is projected for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, PEI and parts of southeastern Quebec, while Ottawa and Toronto can expect harsh cold later this season.

“Most of the Arctic cyclones will be concentrated in the northeastern part of Canada, but in the winter they can move to eastern Ontario and Quebec,” said Anderson.

Prairie residents can expect a milder winter than usual in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and in the second half of the season, Manitoba will face low temperatures.

Overall a country can expect a steady transition to winter and moderate temperatures in January. Fellow Winnipeggers, please get ready for the winter, it is not just about warm clothes for you and your family, but also make sure to change your tires for a winter ones and prepare all necessary equipment for snow cleaning, so you will have time to deal with the snow in front of your house and to get to work safely and on time!

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