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Heavy, wet snow blankets southern Saskatchewan

Winter storm warning still in effect for east-central areas
Reported by Joel Gasson
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It’s a slushy, snow mess on highways and city roads as a winter snow storm blows through southern Saskatchewan.

"It's really bad here, you can't see anything in front of you, the snow is really thick," said Sergei, who called the newsroom from Tisdale.

Sandy Massey with Environment Canada says it rained longer overnight than they anticipated, so the winter storm warning was lifted for Regina, but not everyone.

"North of Regina and east of Saskatoon is where the main concentrations of snow will be (Saturday). We had some rain overnight that changed to snow in pretty much all the areas now," she said, adding that the winter storm warning is still in effect for east-central Saskatchewan.

The worst of the snow should fall in the east-central area of the province with up to 20 centimetres, or eight inches. All of the storm warnings are expected to end by Saturday afternoon.

The worst of the storm is already over for Regina, with ice and snow melting below ground as well as above.

"We are presently now with all of our sanders and plows out on the road," said Greg Jelinski, manager of winter road maintenance with the City of Regina. "We have some additional graters to help us with some trouble spots on Ring Road, and things like that."

He said the big concern through Saturday night and Sunday morning will be ice control, but all sanders will be out to keep things as safe as possible.

City staff and equipment were already getting ready for street sweeping season before the storm hit, but Jelinksi said he doesn't think the new snow will throw those plans off, thanks to temperatures above freezing next week.

Not surprisingly, the heavy, wet snow is still wreaking havoc on the highways.

"Travel is not recommended in the Regina area, and there's also slush with icy, slippery sections, snow pack, drifting snow -- so it may make it difficult for people travelling through Easter here," said Tanis Thiessen with the Highway Hotline, adding that includes the TransCanada from Whitewood to Moose Jaw.

Travel is also not recommended around Melfort, Tisdale, Wynyard, Humboldt and Yorkton. Click here for up-to-the-minute highway conditions.

Over at the Regina International Airport there were also delays and cancellations arriving and taking off Saturday morning.

Flights for the afternoon appear to be on time, but that could change. Click here to find out.

Over at the Saskatchewan Transportation Corporation's Regina bus station, all arrivals and departures are running on time. But, you can check to make sure your schedule is the same by clicking here.

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Edited by News Talk Radio's Samantha Maciag.

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