Southwest Saskatchewan hardest hit by latest winter storm

Saskatchewan residents got their first taste of winter this weekend as a storm blew over the southern portion of the province.

Terri Lang, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, said that the Swift Current and Moose Jaw areas were the hardest hit.

“It looks like between Moose Jaw and Swift Current, that looks like the hardest hit area. About 30 to 40 centimetres, if not more, in some areas of wet, heavy snow.”

Lang said that wet and heavy snow could lead to numerous problems for residents and power crews.

“We have a lot of trees that still have leaves on them, and that can cause some real issues because the leaves weigh down the branches, the branches break, and then they hit the power lines, and the power goes out.”

As for Regina, the Queen City saw anywhere from five to 13 centimetres of snow.

Lang said while the storm has wrapped up in the southwest and southcentral parts of the province, it is still ongoing in the southeastern parts.

Looking ahead to what is coming this week, Lang said that warmer weather is on the horizon and that the snow should melt away by mid-week.

She added that with the ground not frozen just yet, farmers should see some good moisture soak into the ground.

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