People across southern Saskatchewan are getting ready for a real winter blizzard but it appears Regina and points east will be spared the brunt of the system.
Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning on Sunday covering regions across the southern half of the province. Monday morning Regina and areas to the east were dropped from those warnings.
Slippery roads caused at least three semi-trailers to jacknife on Sunday on a stretch of the TransCanada highway west of Moose Jaw.
The westbound lane of Highway 1 was shut down between Mortlach and Chaplin for about an hour and a half Sunday after reports of semis losing control on a stretch of icy road. RCMP said other cars had hit the ditch as well.
Traffic backed up on the highway for at least 5 kms, according to Mounties who also said nobody appeared to be injured in the accidents.
Environment Canada upgraded a winter storm warning on Sunday, saying new data has them more confident an approaching blizzard is not only imminent, but likely bringing more snow than first expected.
On Sunday morning, Environment Canada put areas along Highway 1 and south under a winter weather watch, meaning there was potential for a severe storm to hit the region.
There was some inclement weather in South Saskatchewan to bring in the month of December Sunday morning.
Warnings of freezing rain covered much of the southwest portion, though those warnings were lifted in both Regina and Saskatoon as that precipitation came in the form of snow.
A heavy blanket of fog set in over Regina Saturday morning, but it’s only a precursor to what could be a snowy weekend in Southern Saskatchewan.
Environment Canada meteorologist Sandy Massey said in a phone interview Saturday morning that most of southern Saskatchewan was seeing fog patches, reducing visibility on the province’s highways to below 0 km in some areas.
In what has already been a much shorter winter compared to last year, November has left Regina feeling a little colder than what is normal for that month of the year.
"The month will come out to be maybe a degree colder than normal," explained Environment Canada chief meteorologist David Phillips, "(but) certainly not as cold as last year."
With the Grey Cup over and Christmas shopping season set to begin, Saskatchewan is on the cusp of winter.
And today the Weather Network has released its winter outlook for December, January and February.
"All of the country is expecting more volitilty in the weather pattern" said meteorologist Doug Gillham.
The temperature outlook is about normal for the next three months on average, but Gillham says that doesn't mean the temperatures will be steady.
Football was on the minds of just about everyone in Canada on Sunday morning, and it was no different at Environment Canada’s weather office.
Meteorologist Mike MacDonald was looking at what kind of effect the weather would have on the game.
“The coin toss will be one of the key factors today. Who wants to have the wind for the second and fourth quarters?” he said.
The coldest day of Grey Cup week set in Saturday with wind chill temperatures dipping down to -39 C in the morning. But there is some good news for the CFL final on Sunday.
Environment Canada meteorologist Sandy Massey said the province was under an intense arctic high Saturday morning and expected wind chill temperatures around -29 C for Saturday afternoon, but said that ridge is moving off and warm winds from the south should be moving in soon.
After the first night of the Grey Cup Festival, the committee that’s putting it all on is happy with the success so far.
Attendance has been strong at the downtown tent where Grey Cup Committee executive director Neil Donnelly said around 3,000 people showed up Wednesday. Another 4,500 showed up to Riderville, as well.
But there are still concerns that the weather will affect attendance.
“We’re dealing with tents. They have no insulation. We have great heating systems in place, but they just can’t battle that weather,” he said.