After a brief reprieve from winter in Saskatchewan, it appears it is back with a vengeance.
Regina and much of the eastern part of the province were under either blizzard or snowfall warnings Monday morning.
In Regina, it began as a snowfall warning, but was upgraded to a blizzard warning. Environment Canada said the Estevan area was seeing winds up to 95 kilometres per hour.
“Those winds look like they’re going to continue up into the Regina area so maybe not winds gusting up to 95 km/hour, but it’s going to be close,” said meteorologist John Paul Cragg.
“With any snowfall, when we get these strong winds, we’ll see quite a reduction of visibility on the roadways.”
Cragg said blizzard conditions will persist until at least Tuesday.
“We’re forecasting very strong winds continuing all the way through today, all the way through tonight and all the way through tomorrow, as well.”
The blizzard will bring high winds and snowfall, which could cause havoc on the roads.
“With winds like we saw in the southeast moving up towards Regina, it’s looking like a very, very bad day with blizzard conditions almost definite for the Regina area,” Craigg explained.
The system covers a “big swath” of Saskatchewan, according to Environment Canada.
Cragg added this kind of weather should not be unexpected in Saskatchewan.
“It’s important to remember out here on the Prairies that winter can extend for quite a long time. You can get these storms in March,” he said. “March is a big, snowy month for southern Saskatchewan and April can be, too.”
Cragg reminds drivers to check the forecast and Highway Hotline before heading out on the roads.