Blizzards come in on a wave of cold Arctic air, bringing snow, bitter cold, high winds, and poor visibility. On average, the storms and cold of winter kill more than 100 people in Canada every year, which is more than the total number of people killed by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, lightning, and extreme heat.
Things to do in case of a blizzard
- When a blizzard is forecast, stay tuned for updates and check supplies.
- If on a farm with livestock, bring the animals into the barn. Give them plenty of water and food. Ensure the water does not freeze.
- String a lifeline between your house and any outbuildings you may have to go to during the storm.
- When a blizzard hits, stay indoors.
- If you must go outside, dress for the weather. Outer clothing should be tightly woven and water-repellent. Wear warm mitts and a hat, as 60% of body heat is lost through the head.
In the event of a severe winter storm or an emergency situation Winnipeg Transit may implement an emergency snow plan. The safety of our customers and employees is paramount whenever this plan is implemented. When the snow plan is put into effect, the Winnipeg Transit website is updated with service changes and local news outlets are informed.