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Heavy snow closes roads across parts of the Prairies

Staff writers
March 20, 2012 — Heavy snow and strong winds led to road closures in parts of the Prairies on Monday.

Snowfall totals on Monday
Snowfall totals on Monday

A low pressure system moved in from the U.S. on Monday, bringing heavy snow and gusty winds to parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

"The snow started to pick up Sunday night and over 10 cm had been recorded by early Tuesday," says Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Callers to The Weather Network Stormline say conditions on the roads deteriorated quickly.

The snow was combined with wind gusts up to 60 km/h and reduced visibility for several hours, prompting police to advise against unnecessary travel.

Several roads across parts of Saskatchewan were closed because of the poor conditions.

Some parts of Alberta received as much as 25 cm of snow. Saskatchewan received slightly less, with totals hovering around the 12 cm mark for many communities.

"Conditions improved on Tuesday as the low pressure system exited the region," says Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "And the winds have eased behind the system."

Meanwhile, exceptionally mild temperatures have dominated across southern Manitoba. Daily temperature records have already been shattered, and monthly records will almost surely be broken as well.

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