Highway driving is deceptively dangerous today. The Trans-Canada Highway, just east of town coming into Portage la Prairie, was found to be extremely slippery. When driving at a somewhat regular speed, you might not realize there is ice on the road.
PortageOnline News took to the highway this morning after a car was reportedly in an accident across from the Flying-J gas station just east of town. The small VW car was damaged after apparently having slid from the roadway, with its rear bumper assembly torn off, but the driver appeared uninjured.
The Trans-Canada has one lane that appears bare with the other partly snow-covered traveling both east and west. However, there is ice on the apparently clear lanes, so be extremely careful. If you must travel, take caution and drive slower than usual.
Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a special weather statement once again today saying, "Prolonged snow event over southeastern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba with some local areas receiving upwards of 20-30 cm by the weekend. Northerly wind gusts of 60 to 70 km/h will develop behind this system over portions of southern Manitoba Thursday afternoon. These gusts will likely produce reduced visibilities, especially in combination with the falling snow Thursday night into Friday."
While stopping and proceeding the drive onto the highway from the shoulder, I noticed the ice caused tires to spin and slight swerving. Buckle up and be safe.
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