Saskatchewan Braces For Spring Storm

Friday, April 18, 2008 at 13:57



Winter-like weather will return with a vengeance in much of the province this weekend — and while the North might not get hit the hardest, it appears it will be affected first.


Regions of the Athabasca Basin have been issued a snowfall warning today, and could see as much as 10 centimetres of snow.


There has also been a winter storm watch issued for pelican narrows, Cumberland House, Creighton, Southend, Brabant Lake and Kinoosao, where 15 cm of snow is expected to fall tomorrow.


Meanwhile, the La Ronge area could get as much as 10 cm of snowfall.


However, Environment Canada is predicting that much of southwestern and central Saskatchewan will be “buried” by a “massive” spring storm that could dump as much as 50 cm of heavy, wet snow in some areas.


Spokesman Bob Cormier warns that, with the expected winds, roads could be treacherous from the Cypress Hills all the way to the Meadow Lake and Prince Albert regions.


Highways Minister Wayne Elhard says road crews have already begun to prepare for snow and ice removal.


The storm system isn’t expected to let up until Monday at the earliest.