The province saw its first full preview of the 2022 winter season on Sunday, with snow falling across a large swath of southern Saskatchewan.
According to weather reports from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), the city of Regina can expect snowfall of 10 to 15 centimeters, continuing through Sunday and into Monday morning.
Late-night rains on Saturday turned to heavy, wet snow that began falling Sunday morning, ECCC said.
Strong northerly winds accompany snowfall and ECCC advises drivers in the Regina area to beware of reduced visibility when driving through snowfall.
TRAVEL NOT RECOMMENDED
The Saskatchewan Highway Hotline has issued alerts in southern Saskatchewan, warning of icy, slippery and wet conditions on highways from the Alberta border to Manitoba.
At 11 a.m. Sunday, the Highway Hotline reported that Highway 1 east of Regina and Highway 6 south were both experiencing wintry conditions with icy, slippery sections mixed with wet, frost-prone sections. .
Weather conditions west of Regina on Highway 1, northwest on Highway 11 and northeast on Highway 10 have worsened. The Highway Hotline said travel was not recommended due to sleet, blowing snow and reduced visibility.
The ‘Travel Not Recommended’ warning extended from the western city limits of Regina to the town of Chaplin on Highway 1. The warning also extended from Balgonie to Wolseley in the east. On Highway 11, the travel advisory extended past Lumsden toward Bethune. On Highway 10, the warning extended to Fort Qu’Appelle and surrounding areas.
As of 12:30 p.m., Highway 1 as well as Highway 2 near Moose Jaw were closed due to zero visibility, slush and blowing snow.
Up-to-date information on the latest road conditions in the province can be found here.
TO SLOW DOWN
The Regina Police Service (RPS) issued a notice Sunday morning, reminding drivers in the Queen City to practice good winter driving habits with the arrival of the first snow of the season.
Habits listed by Regina police included:
Reduce speed on most roads.
Plan for more stopping distance and apply your brakes carefully.
Give more space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
Give yourself more time to reach your destination.
Be sure to remove all snow from your vehicle.
Get informed, check the weather forecast and the motorway hotline before embarking on a trip. If conditions deteriorate, stay where you are.
The RPS reported that officers had responded to “a number of minor collisions with vehicles and vehicles sliding off roads and into ditches” before sending its notice.
However, there have been no reports of injuries related to these incidents, RPS said.