Heavy snow hits the Prairies, road conditions deteriorate
Monday, November 4, 2013, 7:07 AM -
After hammering Alberta with heavy snow and howling winds, the moisture-laden Pacific low continues to bring snow to central Saskatchewan and Manitoba, prompting snowfall warnings across both provinces.
Travel advisories are also in place.
"The heaviest snow over Saskatchewan will fall over central Saskatchewan, including Unity, North Battleford and Prince Albert where 15 to 30 cm is expected," said Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham.
By the early morning hours on Monday over 5 cm had fallen in Saskatoon, with an additional 5 cm likely through the day.
The system will continue to push east into Manitoba with between 10-15 cm of snow forecast for places like Flin Flon and Thompson.
"The snow will taper off to light flurries tonight as the system continues moving east into Ontario," says Environment Canada in their statement.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution.
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Relatively strong, northerly winds will cause the snow to blow around, resulting in poor visibility on the roads.
Travelers using the Yellowhead Highway west of Saskatoon are especially at risk, as winter-like driving conditions are likely to occur.
Officials say an icy road is believed to have been a factor in a semi rollover near Saskatoon Sunday night, but the driver suffered only minor injuries.
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