Biggest storm of the year blasts Prairies with 20+cm of snow
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 6:58 AM - A massive winter storm, the largest of the winter season for many, has blasted parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba with a widespread 20-30+ cm of snow. Hundreds of students across both provinces were given another snow day Tuesday as clean-up and snow removal efforts are in full swing.
"A few snow flurries will linger in eastern Saskatchewan Tuesday, ending by the evening hours," says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter. "Temperatures will remain below seasonal in the Prairies through Thursday before rising into the weekend."
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Widespread snowfall and winter storm warnings continued to cover Saskatchewan and Manitoba Monday, lingering well into the evening for much of those provinces. All warnings have since dropped.
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Some snowfall totals
- Regina, Saskatchewan: 25 cm
- Saskatoon: 15 cm
- Weyburn: 15-20 cm
- Prince Albert: 33 cm
- Winnipeg, Manitoba: 22 cm
- Brandon: 20 cm
- Dauphin: 15-20 cm
- Stonewall: 30 cm
Highway closures and power outages
As conditions quickly deteriorated on Sunday, several highways in Manitoba and Saskatchewan were forced to close. By Monday night, highways in western Manitoba were still closed, and highways in and around Winnipeg were listed as partially covered. Winter conditions were also still reported across almost all of Saskatchewan's highways.
Several cities have declared 24 hour parking bans, including Regina, whose ban will begin at 6 a.m. Tuesday and cover parts of Victoria Avenue, Winnipeg Street and College Avenue. Prince Albert activated a snow route parking ban at 9 a.m. Monday, and the city of Winnipeg says residential plowing will begin Wednesday, and last through to the weekend.
The heavy snow resulted in widespread school bus cancellations across both provinces Monday morning as well.
"Miracle moisture" for the farmers
Despite the heavy impact this significant storm is taking on roadways and hydro lines, this is the "miracle moisture" farmers have been waiting for.
"There is a big positive side to this storm with much needed moisture for the region after a dry summer and minimal winter snow so far," explains Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.
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Be sure to check back for updates on this developing system.