Winter Slams Manitoba; Flights Delayed, Roads Closed and Icy Wind Chills

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Oct. 11 (UPI) — Winter has arrived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, resulting in flight delays, icy roads and an unseasonable wind chill, police said.

The first snowstorm of the season came as a surprise to motorists Friday night, The Winnipeg Free Press reported Sunday. Police were warning motorists Saturday of difficult driving conditions.

“Due to the weather, roadways in and around the city of Winnipeg have become very slippery, specifically overpasses and bridges,” Jason Michalyshen, Winnipeg police constable, said. “We are encouraging motorists to drive according to the present conditions.”

A jet taxied off a runway at Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport Friday night and became stuck in soft ground, so flights were delayed for much of the day Saturday. The crew of United Flight 6648 from Denver missed seeing the blue taxi-direction light because of blowing snow, Winnipeg Airports Authority spokeswoman Christine Alongi said.

“They were taxiing to come to the terminal but because of poor visibility they drove onto the soft surface,” she said. “It took until 3:45 p.m. to remove it. They had to use air bags to prop it up to get it out. All three landing gear (were) stuck.”

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