|Visible Satellite showing the extent|
of remaining snowcover on May 2
Conditions were much worse to our west. A blinding blizzard raged through south western Manitoba and south eastern Saskatchewan. 30-50 cm of snow, along with 80-100 km/h wind gusts created horrible road conditions. Along with scattered power outages in Saskatchewan, the majority of highways were shut down, including the Trans-Canada and Yellowhead.
Many travellers and truckers were stranded in the middle of nowhere, in conditions where you cannot see two feet in front of you. Hotels and motels were filling up quickly all night by travellers seeking shelter. Even snowplows were not able to go on highways, as they would not be able to see what they were doing!
Semis were also lining up along the Trans-Canada east of Regina, hoping and waiting for the reopening of the highway. Five people were killed in car crashes in western Manitoba due to the conditions.
The storm only made the flooding situation more stressful. Floodwaters were being whipped up by winds, damaging some dikes. Waves ¾ of a metre high were seen crashing on sandbag dikes. Fortunately, ice was generally gone.