Drivers, pedestrians and anyone simply trying to navigate outdoors Wednesday will want to use extra caution.
Freezing rain descended upon Regina and southern Saskatchewan Tuesday evening and overnight making for some very icy road and sidewalk conditions.
Environment Canada has lifted a freezing rain warning issued Tuesday afternoon, but the RCMP are still reminding people to take caution while driving.
A low pressure system tracking across southern Saskatchewan brought the rain and it coated the the Trans-Canada and Yellowhead Highway corridors over the eastern half of the province.
Dave Baggaley with Environment Canada says the freezing rain was widespread.
“It hit quite a big area,” Baggaley told 620 CKRM News. “It developed well west of Regina, and it pushed through. It hit Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Regina and Yorkton – all the way to the Manitoba border. There were bands of freezing rain that moved through yesterday afternoon.”
He says it wasn’t just the rain which hit central and southern Saskatchewan, there was also snow.
“Another system actually brought 10 to 15 cm of snow to the Parklands area last night,” Baggaley said. “That system has moved off and the heavy snow ended.”
Baggaley says the rain and snow in the Parklands region has ended, but now we have to brace for the cold.
“There’s a cold front that passed through Saskatchewan last evening,” Baggaley said. “And that just ushered in some very cold temperatures. If you’re looking at the northern grainbelt, we’re looking at temperatures around hte minus 20C mark. Now, that cold air hasn’t flooded down to all areas of southern Saskatchewan yet, but it’s just a matter of time.”
Saskatchewan RCMP urge drivers in the Regina area to use extreme caution as the rain and freezing rain is creating dangerous conditions.
White Butte RCMP members responded to several multi-vehicle collisions Tuesday on Highway #6 south of Regina near Corinne as of 4:30 p.m. There were also reports of several vehicles in the ditch along Highway 11 and Highway 1.
Regina Catholic and Public schools have cancelled transportation for students, but say the schools are open.
Standing Buffalo School near Fort Qu’Appele is closed Wednesday as is Chief Pasqua Education Centre on the Pasqua First Nation, Carry The Kettle school, Muscowpetung Education Centre, and Peepeekisis School.
Drivers should be prepared for delays and detours and are asked to slow down and help ensure the safety of all who are travelling.