Winnipeggers prepare for snow: ‘Everyone was scared of last winter’ – Global News | CarTailz

After a record-breaking 2012-22 winter season that hit Manitoba hard with above-average snowfall, Winnipeggers is gearing up for another try at snow and cold.

The phone at the Osborne Auto Center has been ringing non-stop as customers are concerned about changing to snow tires, manager Parysh Blakney tells Global News.

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“I guess everyone was a little scared about last winter and trying to get ready so they’re not stuck with summer tires,” Blakney said Friday.

“This year they’re trying to get it ready before the snow falls so they don’t get stuck everywhere.”

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Manitoba was hit by several major storms last winter, and as early as February, Winnipeg had recorded its third heaviest snowfall since 1872.

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By the end of the season, crews have hauled 1.8 million cubic yards (1.8 million cubic yards) of snow to their landfills — some of which still have small piles of snow left, according to the city.

Parysh said she is seeing more drivers than in the past buying new winter tires while others are switching to studded tyres.

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She said the store is already booking through mid-November, but they expect things to get even busier when the first flakes actually start flying.

“Every year,” she laughs at the shop’s anticipated barrage of calls, “regardless of how many people try to be proactive.”

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A similar story is playing out at Green Blade Lawn Care, which does snow removal work in residential areas.

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Green Blade’s Tim Muys says he started getting calls late last winter to book work for the coming winter.

“A lot of people are very scared and don’t want to (shovel snow) again,” Muys said on Friday.

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“I think they’ve had a brutal year and they’re like, ‘You know what, I don’t want to do that again.’

“It’s a lot nicer to sit inside and sip hot chocolate and watch someone else take care of it.”

Tim Muys with Green Blade lawn care.

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Muys says the company’s customer list has already grown longer than last winter, although no snow has fallen yet.

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But that could change soon.

Environment Canada says an Alberta clipper could bring snow and strong winds to parts of west-central Manitoba this weekend.

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Manitoba is bracing for a “historic” winter storm that will begin Tuesday night

The weather agency says snowy weather is likely to affect an area from The Pas to Flin Flon as of Saturday afternoon.

As for Winnipeg, Environment Canada says the city may experience snow or rain on Sunday.

– with files by Rosanna Hempel of Global News and The Canadian Press

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