Friday, March 22, 2013

Blizzard hits Saskatchewan - Cold everywhere

Saskatchewan RCMP close the Trans Canada Highway on the western edge of Regina as 80km/h winds create a blizzard. (Regina Leader-Post)
Spring is nowhere to be found as cold air and snow continues to hang on from Alberta to Newfoundland. Yesterday the southern Prairies were hammered by strong winds and snow. The winds gusted up to 80km/h and blew this winters deep snow pack across area highways reducing visibility to zero. The RCMP were forced to close half the highways in southern Saskatchewan including the Trans Canada on the western edge of Regina. Scores of cars hit the ditch. Meanwhile it was no better in Alberta where snow and ice led to a 100 car pileup on Highway 2 near Leduc. Conditions have improved this morning with less wind but roads remain treacherous. Meanwhile in Manitoba it was record cold with Dauphin hitting a cold -29C. A winter storm is also affecting Atlantic Canada and the Gaspe this morning. Up to 20cm of snow is forecast across Cape Breton and PEI with 25-45cm in the Gaspe. Strong winds are creating blizzard conditions there as well.
Massive accident near Leduc, Albert on the 2 (CTV NEWS)
Montreal remains cold and damp after this weeks snowfall with nearly 4 feet of snow in my front yard. I know the lawn is under there somewhere. On Thursday flurries dominated the weather picture in Ontario while Montreal had sunny breaks and a slightly milder high of 1C. Friday and the weekend look no different than this entire week. It will remain mostly cloudy with the occasional snowflake or two and highs in the 0 to 2C range. Overnight lows will be down to -5C. We may see a few more breaks by Monday with warmer temperatures. Meanwhile the western storm will be push south with any precipitation remaining across southern New England.

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