Monday, November 9th 2020, 3:05 pm - All-time November snow records have been broken for parts of the Prairies.
Winter storm and blizzard warnings have all been dropped across the Prairies, but travel is still not recommended as the region digs out from a dangerous and record-breaking weekend storm. The bulk of the snow has already fallen, with some lingering accumulations expected in parts of central Saskatchewan and northern Manitoba through Monday. The quickly deteriorating conditions were also enough for several schools in southern Alberta to call an early "snow day" for the region on Sunday. More on what's left of this storm and the impact its had, below.
- Snowstorm eases Monday with snow and wind tapering off
- Kindersley, Saskatchewan records highest snow amount with 47 cm recorded so far
- Additional 5-10 cm of snow to fall in parts of central and northern Manitoba through Monday
MONDAY INTO TUESDAY: DIFFICULT DAY OF TRAVEL AS SNOW CLEAN-UP BEGINS
Residents across the Prairies face a tough day of cleanup on Monday after a potent weekend storm that dumped record snow and significant ice accretion through the region.
While all warnings have been dropped, an additional 5-10 cm expected to fall throughout the day. Some parts of northern Manitoba may also see some additional freezing rain mixed in with the snow.
SCHOOLS CLOSE AMID TREACHEROUS CONDITIONS
As strong winds and heavy snow continued to fall through the day on Sunday, several highways in both southern Alberta and Saskatchewan were shut down, with no travel recommended south and east of Highway 1 throughout the day.
The quickly deteriorating conditions were also enough for the Lethbridge school division to make an early call to cancel all classes, both in person and at home, for the day on Monday. Westwinds School Division in southern Alberta declared a snow day on Sunday as well, according to a CBC report. In Saskatoon, in-person classes were cancelled Monday for all high school students.
Between 20-40 cm of snow has been reported across the region, with the Edmonton area picking up some of the heaviest amounts throughout Alberta. Edmonton Police reported over 260 collisions throughout the weekend as officials had urged drivers to just stay home.
As official snow totals now start to funnel in, the highest snow so far has been reported in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. That's with a preliminary tally of a whopping 47.6 cm. Not only did that make for the largest two day snowfall for the city, but also the snowiest November day ever recorded. Between 15-20 cm has been reported in the city of Regina, as Saskatoon picked up closer to 30 cm.
This record-setting snowstorm aligned with Saskatchewan's municipal election day on Monday, with government officials authorizing returning officers to postpone if needed.
"This Order does not mean elections across the province are postponed, rather each local Returning Officer will have the authority to postpone an election if needed," the Government of Saskatchewan tweeted.
Due to record-setting snowfall and hazardous conditions on Saskatchewan roads, the Government of Saskatchewan is authorizing Returning Officers to postpone municipal and school division elections. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/gLOFBN7WTL— Government of Saskatchewan (@SKGov) November 9, 2020
DANGEROUS WIND CHILL FOLLOWS THE STORM
To add insult to injury, bitter wind chills will span much of the Prairies on Monday afternoon in the wake of the departing system.
Places in southern and central Saskatchewan and Manitoba will be feeling closer to -20 with the wind chill.
"So a good reminder that if you are traveling today with those bitter wind chills, make sure you have an emergency kit with you because some roads could still be closed or very treacherous," says Weather Network meteorologist Jaclyn Whittal.
Another weak system and cold front will track from west to east across the region on Tuesday night, with a few more centimetres of snow expected to fall into Wednesday. This will also bring a reinforcing shot of arctic air ahead of a mostly fair and seasonal weekend to come.
Thumbnail courtesy of Kyle Brittain.
Be sure to check back with The Weather Network as we provide updates on the blizzard and hazardous conditions.