Heavy rainfall on Thursday in Winnipeg turned streets and sidewalks into icy sheets overnight, creating chaos for drivers and pedestrians Friday morning.
In Winnipeg, water flooded stretches of Roblin and Grant avenues. Winnipeg Transit re-routed the 83 bus to bypass Quail Ridge Road due to icy conditions.
Several semi-trucks ended up in the ditch along Highway 6 near Ashern.
The rain caused flooding that closed some highways, including Highway 415 from 15 km east of Junction Highway 6 to 31 km west of Junction Highway 7, and Highway 416 from 15 km east of Junction Highway 415 to 31 km west of Highway 17.
Manitoba Highways issued warnings about several highways covered in ice, including Highway 1 West from Headingley to Elie, Highway 1 East from Highway 308 to the Ontario border, Highway 13 from Elm Creek to Highway 1, Highway 2 from Elm Creek to St. Claude, and Highway 75 from St. Adolphe to Winnipeg.
In the Interlake, portions of several highways are also ice covered, including Highways 7, 8, 9, 17 and 68.
WINNIPEG — It’s time to get your penguin walk on. The roads and sidewalks in Winnipeg are slick with ice, meaning it’s easy to take a tumble.
With a warm up in temperatures combined with freezing rain, an icy sheet has made a tough commute for many on Friday.
One Winnipegger, Maria Durussel, said it usually takes her three minutes to walk to work. But on Friday it took around 20 minutes to navigate the slippery road on Albert Street. Durussel opted to walk on the road and said would be better to risk being hit by a car than breaking her hip from the icy sidewalk.