Blizzard Conditions On The Prairie And NO Heat For Some

By: plapman , 1:12 PM GMT on January 26, 2014

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Blizzard warning for Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman issued

Strong north winds 60 gusting to 80 km/h(50mph) will giveg blizzard conditions over Southern and Western Red River Valley.
A strong Arctic cold front is pushing across Southern Manitoba this morning. This front will usher in strong northerly winds gusting to 70 or 80 km/h producing extensive poor visibilities in blowing snow today over open areas. The worst conditions are expected over the Southern and Western Red River Valley where near zero visibilities will occur as north winds gust to 80 km/h at times. Highway travel will become difficult today due to blowing and drifting snow across the warning area. Travellers should be prepared for poor driving conditions and possible road closures.
Conditions will start to improve later today into this evening as the winds gradually decrease. However colder air will be flooding in with temperatures near -30C(-22F) overnight and wind chill values near minus 40C and F. Bitterly cold weather is expected to start the work week with temperatures well below normal.
It looks like me and the Queen are at home for the day. What a way for her to spend her day off.
Yesterday there was a pipeline explosion about 100 miles sw of the North Edge.
I can't think of a worse time for people to be without heat.
Luckily it explosion was downstream of me and I'm not affected.
It was in an open field and no one was injured.

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6. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
1:23 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
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5. palmettobug53
11:46 PM GMT on January 26, 2014
Yep, it's the same thing here, Linda. I am not looking forward to my commutes to work Tuesday and Wednesday. Maybe even Thursday.

I've got a feeling that my office will be open Tues/Wed but I guess I'll find out for sure, when I get there in the morning.

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4. Thoughtsteader
11:42 PM GMT on January 26, 2014
Terrible weather conditions, and a terrible explosion. I'm glad you're not affected by that, and have your heat.

Reading your blog always is a good reminder that I really shouldn't whine about our conditions. We do suffer traffic-wise with ice, just because people don't know how to drive in it and we don't have the equipment to deal with the roads. When you get icing only once or twice a year, if that, it's not worth buying equipment that will just sit around and fall apart over time.

Stay warm! I hope things improve weatherwise, and that the winds don't give the people dealing with the explosion a terrible time.
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3. Ylee
4:24 PM GMT on January 26, 2014
Today would not be the day to tell the Queen you're out of toilet paper.... :' )

Stay warm!
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2. palmettobug53
4:10 PM GMT on January 26, 2014
Yikes, Tony. It all sounds awful. Thank heavens you still have heat.

Tell the Queen it's better to be cooped up inside WITH heat on her day off, than without.

Spring has to come, sometime.
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1. Alleyoops
2:51 PM GMT on January 26, 2014
Good morning Tony. Stay warm. This latest clipper is going through now but not much precipitation from it at the moment. We did get a bit earlier but not amounting to much so far. The winds have started up again too. Don't think I will be out and about today.
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