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Residents in Regina are being advised to prepare for a spring blizzard

Residents in Regina should prepare for a spring blizzard

Key Takeaways:

  • Southeastern Saskatchewan is expected to be struck by a massive spring blizzard this week, with the worst of the storm hitting on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • According to Environment Canada, travel will be difficult throughout Wednesday, with numerous roads expected to be closed.

Residents in Regina are being advised to prepare for an April blizzard that will likely hit this week.

A huge spring blizzard is forecast to hit Southeastern Saskatchewan this week, with the brunt of the storm falling on Wednesday and Thursday.

Other Saskatchewan towns, such as Estevan, Carlyle, and Weyburn, are likely to bear the brunt of the storm, while Regina residents can expect up to 20 centimeters of snow.

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According to Environment Canada, travel will be challenging throughout Wednesday, with several roadways expected to be closed.

Tyler Bein, Regina’s seasonal operations manager for roadways, says personnel will be working around the clock to plow and control ice on major roads throughout the storm.

“Whether it’s going to stay for two months or two days, our objective is to make the route safe and passable for our drivers,” Bein explained. “We shovel the snow, clear the roads, and make them passable as well as safe for the motorists.”

According to Bein, category one routes should be plowed within 24 hours of the snow stopping. After that, Category 2 highways will be built.

Residents in Regina should prepare for a spring blizzard
Residents in Regina should prepare for a spring blizzard. Image from CBC News

Bein advises only traveling is essential.

“With the 60-kilometer winds, stay away from the perimeter roads.” Take your time and plan your approach because many of those surrounding roads may get blown in, and visibility may be restricted,” Bein added.

“If you can stay indoors during a storm, stay inside.”

If travel is required, the Saskatchewan RCMP advises drivers to scrape off windows and remove any snow from their cars before getting behind the wheel. Motorists are encouraged to drive lightly and slowly on slick or snowy roads.

The RCMP also recommends keeping emergency supplies in vehicles, such as extra warm clothing, candles, matches, munchies, shovels, and booster cables.

Source: Global News

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