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Travel not recommended amid dangerous wintry blast on the Prairies

Travel not recommended amid dangerous wintry blast on the Prairies

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Travel not recommended amid dangerous wintry blast on the Prairies
Travel not recommended amid dangerous wintry blast on the Prairies

The eastern Prairies have been dealt a significant wintry blow to start the week, with the second of two potent lows bringing another blast of heavy snow and gusty winds through Tuesday. This will lead to a poor travel conditions once more, thanks to blowing snow that is likely to bring whiteout conditions and create slippery roads across the region. With the snowfall, some cities are on the hook for receiving double or triple their average accumulations for the entire month of April. More on the impacts and timing, below.


A second system centred by the Great Lakes brought another wave of heavy snowfall into Saskatchewan and Manitoba during the overnight hours on Monday, peristing well into Tuesday for both regions as well. Travel will remain treacherous across the hardest-hit areas as snow and gusty winds greatly reduce visibilities.

"Thanks to a stalled upper level low, bands of moisture will be pushed back into cold air in place across the region, bringing a persistent shield of snow that will last through much of Tuesday," says Michael Carter, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Total accumulations from this system will vary across the warned regions, with an additional 5-10 cm expected on top of what has already fallen through Tuesday.

Regardless of the final totals however, the prolonged period of snowfall and strong winds Tuesday will mean more blowing snow, periods of low visibility, and difficult travel conditions.

Widespread wind gusts in the 40-60 km/h range are expected Tuesday.



"Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility," says Environment Canada. "Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve."

In Saskatchewan, areas south of Regina will be the hardest-hit regions, where 20-25 cm is anticipated by the time all is said and done. Regina may see 10-15 cm, while regions west of the city, extending to Prince Albert, can expect to see 5-15 cm of snow.

Parts of southern Manitoba could see accumulative totals of 20-30 cm of snow. A good portion of the region, including Winnipeg and areas east of this city, may see 15-20 cm.

The silver lining? This system will be an infusion of much-needed moisture to this drought-stricken region, though many may have preferred it to come in the form of April showers rather than the heavy snow that's falling.

The snow will taper off to light snow by Tuesday evening as the system weakens and moves further into northern Ontario.


Temperatures have also been well below seasonal with this system, with many parts of southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba not breaking above the freezing mark until Thursday.

Much warmer weather over B.C. will gradually spread east into Alberta late week however, with a spectacular Saturday expected across Alberta as temperatures soar near 20°C for both Edmonton and Calgary.

High pressure will also dominate the rest of the week, with no significant precipitation in sight for southern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan where conditions remain very dry.