Highways in Saskatchewan are in poor shape Monday as an intense low-pressure system has moved into the province.
Terry Lang, a meteorologist with Environment Canada says a snowfall warning was issued earlier in the morning. That warning in Regina has been escalated to a Blizzard warning for the Queen City region.
She says some communities along the Manitoba border have also received blizzard warnings as the system slowly works its way across most of Saskatchewan.
“A lot of heavy snow is blowing around,” said Lang. “Southeastern Saskatchewan has already seen that develop. We’re expecting 10 to 20 centimetres throughout the southern parts of the province. Even heavier as you go north.”
Earlier on Monday, blizzard conditions were reported near the Manitoba border because of gusty northwest winds churning up the snow.
“The issue, along with snow, is the winds are really going to pick up over the next 24 to 48 hours,” Lang says. “So we’re looking outside all of the urban areas at blowing show – which will really reduce visibility for drivers. So, driving is not a good idea for the next two days because of all the snow and blowing snow.”
Lang isn’t sure if the news is much better after the snow and wind dies down.
“We don’t see any of those nice, warm temperatures coming and melting things,” said Lang. “We’re still at the beginning of March. There’s lots of winter ahead of us.”