Environment Canada has issued a blizzard warning for much of southeastern Saskatchewan, including Weyburn and the surrounding area.
The warning is in effect for:
- R.M. of Benson including Benson
- R.M. of Brokenshell including Trossachs
- R.M. of Caledonia including Milestone and Parry
- R.M. of Cambria including Torquay and Outram
- R.M. of Cymri including Midale Macoun and Halbrite
- R.M. of Estevan including Estevan and Hitchcock
- R.M. of Fillmore including Fillmore Creelman and Osage
- R.M. of Griffin including Griffin and Froude
- R.M. of Lake Alma including Lake Alma and Beaubier
- R.M. of Laurier including Radville
- R.M. of Lomond including Colgate and Goodwater
- R.M. of Norton including Pangman and Khedive
- R.M. of Scott including Yellowgrass Lang and Lewvan
- R.M. of Souris Valley including Tribune and Oungre
- R.M. of Wellington including Cedoux Colfax and Tyvan
- R.M. of Weyburn including Weyburn and McTaggart
Part of the statement from Environment Canada reads:
A blizzard with strong winds and significant falling snow will develop late day Friday as a low pressure system tracks along the international border. Conditions will deteriorate rapidly in the early evening hours as snow begins to accumulate. Southeasterly winds gusting to 70 km/h will coincide with the organized snowfall throughout the same period. Widespread poor visibilities are expected throughout Friday night and whiteout conditions will be possible at times. Up to 25 cm of snow is forecast to fall Friday evening into Saturday morning.
The blizzard is forecast to ease mid Saturday morning as winds diminish. Accumulating snow will taper off Saturday afternoon.
Please refer to local forecasts for more details on the expected conditions and timing of this system. ECCC meteorologists will be actively tracking this system as it develops; please monitor for updated forecasts and/or alerts.
Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility. Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. If you do travel and become lost, remain where you are until the blizzard has passed. Protect yourself from wind, cold and disorientation by staying sheltered, indoors or with your vehicle. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone. Limit outdoor activities. Ensure that shelter is provided for pets and outdoor animals. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight.
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