Jets-Kraken game postponed because of expected 'worst blizzard in decades'

Traffic on Portage Avenue flows past the Canada Life Centre, home arena for the NHL Winnipeg Jets and the AHL Manitioba Moose, as well as the Rogers building, and Manitoba Hydro building in Winnipeg, Manitoba on September 23, 2021. (Don Denton/CP)

A rare snowstorm that The Weather Network says could be "the worst blizzard in decades" has forced the postponement of the Jets-Kraken game in Winnipeg on Wednesday, the NHL announced Tuesday.

The game has been rescheduled for May 1.

The NHL said the decision made to "minimize the potential disruption to the regular-season schedule" expected to be caused by the approaching snowstorm, which has paralyzed much of the northwestern and northern United States.

According to The Weather Network, a major storm is "poised to wallop" southern Manitoba overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, lasting until Friday morning. The Weather Network is predicting "snowfall accumulations of 30-50 cm accompanied by northerly winds gusting 60-70 km/h giving zero visibility at times in snow and blowing snow."

Specifically for WInnipeg, The Weather Network reports the city could see two blasts of 15 to 20 cm of snow between late Tuesday and early Friday.

Further, TWN is advising against travel for residents of the region because "this storm has the potential to be the worst blizzard in decades" and there could be widespread power outages.

Sportsnet's Ken Wiebe reports the Jets plan on leaving Winnipeg on Tuesday to avoid the storm.

Winnipeg (35-28-11) kept its faint playoff hopes alive Monday with a 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The Kraken (23-43-6) have been eliminated from post-season contention in their inaugural season.

--with files from The Canadian Press

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