Out like a lion: Strong winds expected in Regina as spring storm hits Saskatchewan
REGINA -- A strong storm with wind gusts up to 110 km/h is expected to roll through Regina on Monday.
A wind warning and blowing snow advisory is in effect for southern Saskatchewan, according to Environment Canada. Strong winds may cause damage to buildings or break tree branches.
However, it is not expected to be as aggressive as the record-breaking storm that hit Saskatchewan in January.
“This one will be over more quickly and wind gusts are not expected to exceed 110 km/h, although that can still do quite a bit of damage. But the wind should have simmered down somewhat in the overnight period,” said Terry Lang, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.
Lang said some winds may stick around into Tuesday, but won’t be as strong. Roads may still be slippery with wintery conditions on Tuesday. By Wednesday, the weather should be back to more spring like conditions.
The western portion of the province experienced highway closures and near zero visibility in many places on Monday. However, Lang doesn’t expect the storm to be as aggressive when it hits Regina.
“Just because I don’t think you’re going to see as much snow, but I think the winds are really going to be the story as it blows through the Regina area,” Lang said.
The RCMP Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network is asking people to stay off the roads. According to a release, detachments in the southwest are responding to multiple collisions and stranded drivers.
RCMP are advising motorists to check highway conditions before travelling. If travel plans can’t be postponed, RCMP recommend giving yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, have a full tank of gas, a fully-charged phone and an emergency kit.