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April 22-24 delivers a fresh dump of winter to Westman

The highway closed again, and now, there's a spring flood warning for the Assiniboine.

The April 23rd weekend dump of snow in southwest Manitoba was particularly heavy in Virden and much heavier in Elkhorn according to residents there.

One regular driver of the Trans Canada Hwy near virden exclaimed she'd never seen such a high ridge of snow as that left by the snowplough on Monday April 25. Later in the day on Monday, a strong sun was melting snow in Virden.

All this snow and the additional rain and possibly snow in the forecast for April 30th weekend means there's a flood warning for the Assiniboine from St. Lazare to Griswold, Manitoba.

Unfortunately, April storms when farmers want to prepare for seeding and people are ready for green grass, are all too common in Manitoba.

By April 13, 2021 over 20 cm of snow covered Virden in a heavy white blanket. It was a blessing because drought came with last Spring's warmth and there was a burning ban in the RM of Wallace-Woodworth - until that snowfall quenched that fear.

Ten years earlier, in 2011 an April 30 - May 1 snowstorm left ice and heavily snow-covered roads.

The trouble with this April is that almost every week, usually by the weekend, there's has been bad weather, snow, freezing rain and even double-digit low temperatures a few nights.