Intense blizzard impacts Saskatchewan


Weather summary for Saskatchewan issued by Environment Canada at 2:03 p.m. CST Thursday 14 January 2021. Discussion. An intense Alberta clipper, which moved across southern Saskatchewan, brought extreme weather conditions to the region on Wednesday afternoon and overnight. Rain and freezing rain ahead of the system quickly changed to snow and blowing snow as a cold front behind the system advanced eastward. With the passage of the cold front widespread winds in excess of 100 km/h were reported, leading to power outages and reports of structural and tree damage across the province. When combined with falling snow, these winds produced whiteout conditions resulting in a number of highway closures. Blizzard conditions persist early this morning over southeastern Saskatchewan but are expected to slowly improve throughout the day. The following observations are the peak wind gusts reported by ECCC weather stations yesterday, January 13 and overnight to 4:00 CST am January 14. Units are kilometres per hour. Saskatoon Airport 102 Regina 126 (record January peak wind gust) Bratts Lake 143 (record provincial January peak wind gust) - if rated on the Enhanced Fujita scale for rating tornadoes, this would be an EF-1. Yellowgrass 133 Weyburn 130 Estevan 126 (record January peak wind gust) Elbow 122 Lucky Lake 122 Mankota 120 Moose Jaw 119 Indian Head 117 Eastend Cypress 111 (record January peak wind gust) Swift Current 109 Rockglen 107 Assiniboia 104 Rosetown 104 Maple Creek 104 Coronach 102 Val Marie 102 Leader 100 Kindersley 100


This strong low pressure system also advected very warm air into the province, leading to many daily record temperatures. The following areas set a daily maximum temperature record on Wednesday January 13, 2021: Broadview Area New record of 5.7 Old record of 5.0 set in 1943 Records in this area have been kept since 1938 Buffalo Narrows Area New record of 0.2 Old record of 0.0 set in 1964 Records in this area have been kept since 1962 Elbow Area New record of 7.2 Old record of 4.0 set in 1989 Records in this area have been kept since 1955 Estevan Area New record of 6.7 Old record of 6.2 set in 1987 Records in this area have been kept since 1900 Last Mountain Lake Area New record of 5.2 Old record of 4.0 set in 1989 Records in this area have been kept since 1975 Outlook Area New record of 7.1 Old record of 5.6 set in 1942 Records in this area have been kept since 1915 Regina Area New record of 6.2 Old record of 4.6 set in 1980 Records in this area have been kept since 1883 Saskatoon Area New record of 6.4 Old record of 6.1 set in 1942 Records in this area have been kept since 1900 Swift Current Area New record of 7.3 Old record of 6.7 set in 1894 Records in this area have been kept since 1885 Uranium City Area New record of -3.1 Old record of -5.9 set in 1981 Records in this area have been kept since 1953 Watrous Area New record of 5.0 Old record of 3.5 set in 1986 Records in this area have been kept since 1953 Weyburn Area New record of 7.8 Old record of 5.0 set in 1983 Records in this area have been kept since 1953 Wynyard Area New record of 6.0 Old record of 5.0 set in 1987 Records in this area have been kept since 1964 Yorkton Area New record of 5.3 Old record of 4.4 set in 1943 Records in this area have been kept since 1941 Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial information and does not constitute a complete or final report. End/PASPC



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