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Blowing snow, reduced visibility impacts drivers in Saskatchewan


Staff writers

March 4, 2013 — A powerful winter storm has resulted in heavy snow and reduced visibility across parts of Saskatchewan. Drivers urged to avoid unnecessary travel.

Additional snowfall through Tuesday
Additional snowfall through Tuesday

Tune in to the Weather Network on TV for updates on this system as it begins to move across the Prairies.

An intense winter storm that originated over the Alberta foothills continued to push east into Saskatchewan Sunday. 

Regina received about 10 cm of snow, with between 10-20 cm of snow reported south of the Trans Canada highway. 

In addition to the heavy snow, strong winds have created reduced visibility and blowing snow. 

RCMP said its operations centre in Regina had recorded 50 calls about crashes on Sunday afternoon across central and southern Saskatchewan, mostly due to poor weather and driving conditions. 

Some divers were told to sit tight as the storm made its way across the region.

The weather forced Highway 11 to close down on Sunday. A temporary shelter was set up at the town hall in Davidson between Regina and Saskatoon.

The town's emergency measures co-ordinator, Trish Schilling, says about 150 to 200 people were stranded, so hotel and motel space was at a premium.

RCMP received about 50 calls of weather-related accidents on Sunday (file photo courtesy: Michael Christian)
RCMP received about 50 calls of weather-related accidents on Sunday (file photo courtesy: Michael Christian)

"The RCMP directed traffic into the town hall and there was a centre there where we could take names and numbers and try to find a place for them to stay ... or just a cup of coffee and a warm place to wait out the storm," Schilling told the Canadian Press.

A 57-year-old man from Stockholm died in a collision involving two near Esterhazy.

On Monday afternoon, officials told motorists they could resume their travels, provided they were careful.

The system continued to push into Manitoba where up to 20 cm of snow is possible through Tuesday.

Be sure to visit our Alerts page for all watches and warnings.

With files from The Canadian Press

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