Winter storm expected to arrive today

EAST CENTRAL — Environment Canada is warning residents of east central Saskatchewan about a winter storm.

Humboldt area

Around Humboldt, there are strong west to northwest winds expected, with gusts of 110 km/h this afternoon and tonight. In the southeast, severe winds will develop toward noon and expand eastward throughout the day.

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“In addition, mild temperatures and scattered rain showers through the day will give way to flurries and possibly snow squalls tonight. With the ongoing high winds, periods of sudden, near zero visibilities in snow and blowing snow may occur. Additional warnings may be required should these conditions develop.”

The strong winds will subside below warning criteria by Thursday morning, but will remain blustery through the remainder of Thursday.

“Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Store or anchor objects so they are not tossed by the wind causing injury or damage. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds.”

Tisdale, Melfort, Nipawin area

For the area around Tisdale, Melfort and Nipawin, the weather service said that precipitation will begin as freezing rain Wednesday morning over the northern grainbelt before switching to heavy snow in the afternoon.

“Strong northwesterly winds will develop with the snow leading to visibility reductions in blowing snow at times. Snowfall totals with this system will be in the 10 to 15 centimetre range by time the heavy snow tapers off Wednesday night.”

Environment Canada is asking the public to consider delaying travel.  Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous.

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