A stretch of Highway 1 has been closed in southern Manitoba, as much of the region — including the city of Winnipeg — is under a freezing rain warning.
In addition to Winnipeg, the warning covers most of the Red River Valley, the Portage la Prairie area and the Whiteshell.
The Trans-Canada Highway is closed from Headingley to Portage la Prairie due to poor winter driving conditions, Manitoba Infrastructure said in a news release early Saturday afternoon.
The release said closure gates or signs may not be present at all closure locations.
Environment Canada said the freezing rain is expected to spread east along the Trans-Canada Highway corridor. Most affected areas will see one to two hours of freezing rain, mixed with snow at times, before it tapers off.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery, and drivers are urged to take extra caution and slow down on the road.
The warning was issued for the city of Winnipeg, along with the following rural municipalities:
- Ritchot (including St. Adolphe and Ste. Agathe).
- Tache (including Lorette, Ste. Genevieve and Landmark).
- Ste. Anne (including Richer).
- St. Laurent (including Oak Point).
- Woodlands (including Warren and Lake Francis).
- Rockwood (including Teulon, Stonewall and Stony Mountain).
- Rosser (including Meadows).
- West St. Paul (including Middlechurch and Rivercrest).
- St. Andrews (including Selkirk, Lockport and Ponemah).
A freezing rain warning has also been issued for Dugald (including Beausejour and Grand Beach), Portage la Prairie (including Headingley, Brunkild and Carman) and Whiteshell (including Lac du Bonnet and Pinawa).
Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice buildup and icy surfaces.
Environment Canada said ice buildup of 0.5 to 2 mm is likely Saturday.