Blizzard conditions have forced the closure of stretches of some highways in western Manitoba.
In Manitoba, Sections of the Trans-Canada Highway, the Yellowhead Highway and others are closed near the Saskatchewan boundary. Scores of motorists have been stranded.
One man reported drivers either stuck in their vehicles or scrambling in zero visibility for shelter west of Brandon. “We have a gentleman next to me, his car is out of fuel,” said Jean Pasche. “He’s actually with me in the car now. We’re able to keep warm and we have food here, so we’re okay for now.”
Environment Canada is warning against travel and says in some places, people should be prepared to be on their own for a couple of days.
Manitoba Hydro says highway closures are making it hard for their crews to get out to places where the power is out.
WATCH: A winter storm caused dangerous driving conditions on the Trans Canada Highway near Brandon, Man, Monday night. High winds and blowing snow caused poor visibility on the roads.
Many schools are closed due to the storm.
Parts of Manitoba received as much as 40 centimetres of snow overnight Monday, but the winter conditions are expected to slow Tuesday night.
with files from Global News, the Canadian Press and CJOB