Storm Closure Information


The Manitoba Genealogical Society, Inc. has the following policy:

From time to time, world circumstances warrant the temporary closure of the Resource Centre—this could be blizzards, pandemics, maintenance issues and the like. Business continues as usual for MGS, with the only closure being the Resource Centre itself.

Winter closures of the MGS Resource Centre will be governed by the Winnipeg School Board closures of schools.

Emergency closures will be governed by Senior group closures (Creative Retirement, Good Neighbours), Winnipeg School Board closures as well as Provincial Government guidelines for closures. Closure at the MGS Resource Centre should take place immediately when government bodies mandate a closure and not be delayed for an Executive meeting.

If the closure is known to be longer than 2 weeks, then the Long Term Closure protocol will be implemented.


Winter storm watch in effect for:  City of Winnipeg

Major spring blizzard poised to wallop southern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan mid-week…with widespread snowfall accumulations of 30-50 cm accompanied by northerly winds gusting 70-90 km/h giving zero visibility at times in snow and blowing snow.

A Colorado low will move towards Minnesota Tuesday night bringing a heavy swath of snow from southeastern Saskatchewan through most of southern Manitoba. The snow will start early Tuesday evening near the International border then push northward throughout the night. By Wednesday morning heavy snow will be falling in much of the area as the storm continues to push northward. Strong northerly winds will develop with this system and persist into Friday morning as the low slowly pivots through Minnesota on it’s way into northwestern Ontario.

By Friday morning widespread snowfall accumulations of 30 to 50 cm are expected…with possible accumulations as high as 80 cm possible along terrain features such as the western escarpment of the Red River Valley, the Riding Mountains, and the Turtle Mountains.

Travel will become increasingly difficult as the day progresses Wednesday, with widespread highway closures a near-certainty. By Wednesday evening even travel within communities may become impossible as the heavy snow and strong winds continue… and more of the same is expected on Thursday.

Do not plan to travel – this storm has the potential to be the worst blizzard in decades. Stock up on needed supplies and medications now. Power outages are likely, rural areas in particular should be prepared for extended outages.

Conditions should begin to improve on Friday as the winds taper off and the heaviest snow moves into northern Ontario…although the clean-up after this storm will likely last well into next week.

Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #MBStorm.

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