Although many people in southeastern Saskatchewan wake up feeling relatively mild, these conditions did not last long.
Most areas, including Estevan, Webern, musomin, grenfeld, Carlyle and Benfield, were warned of the storm on Wednesday. It is expected that in the next few days, there will be 20 to 50 cm of snow in these areas, with wind speeds as high as 70 km / h.
As of 11 a.m. central time, the highway across Canada has been closed at the Manitoba border. It is not recommended to drive on the roads in the southeastern corner of the province and all roads around Estevan.
“I think people are expected to wake up in five inches of snow,” said Terri Lang, a Canadian Environmental meteorologist.
“But that’s not the nature of this kind of storm. It’s just on its own.”
Lang predicted that snow would continue to fall in the southeast for most of the day, with the worst snowfall occurring near the U.S. border.
She said heavy snow and strong winds could make travel dangerous.
Tony leppa, Paul’s truck driver, drove east to Brandon before the storm hit.
On Wednesday, he was stopped in musomin, 20 kilometers west of the provincial border between Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and plans to continue after the storm.
“I’m going to have a wonderful day here. The highways are closed and you can’t go any further,” he said.
Leppa said he encountered “flying snow and reduced visibility” on the highway.
On Wednesday morning, many other truck drivers also stopped at the cooperative gas station in musomin.
A couple trapped in musomin are looking for a way home to Winnipeg. Mike Speer and his partner attended a concert in Regina.
“We hope to go home. We will do our best to go further,” Speer said. “We hope to find Brandon.”
Spear said their plan was to move on until they found an “impassable” roadblock
“If we can’t get to viden, we’ll turn around and stay in a hotel in musomin. That’s our plan,” he said.
Meanwhile, in musoming, Texas., Just a few kilometers west of the Manitoba border, residents are doing their best to prepare for the storm.
Bernadette nosterud, the property manager of Pipestone villas, an independent elderly residential complex, said she advised her residents to stay near home.
“We try to keep the sidewalks clean here, but it can be a bit tricky in the city center,” she said.
“They are well taken care of.”
Nostrud said she was grateful that the storm occurred at a time of warming, not minus 40 degrees Celsius. She said that if there is a large-scale power outage, the complex can use the generators provided by the town.
“We hope it doesn’t get there,” she said.
“So I told you to take out blankets, wool socks and sweaters just in case.”
Northrud, who has lived in musomin for more than 40 years, said it is common for the region to encounter at least one strong storm every winter.
Cattle farmers in the area pay special attention to the weather conditions.
Many ranchers have either experienced a year of calving or are now experiencing it.
“A lot of them can’t sleep in this storm,” Chad Ross, a rancher with cattle around Estevan, told CBC’s morning edition.
“They may check the animals every hour. Calves born in this storm will be brought in, dried and eaten.”
Ross said he didn’t start calving until May this year, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been prepared for the storm in the past few days.
He said all his cattle were full and had enough shelter to protect them from the wind.
“The wind is really dangerous to them, even more dangerous than snow,” Rose said.
“Yesterday, we gathered a lot of cattle to the farm and put them in the fence. They can hide behind the shelter.”
The storm is expected to gradually weaken tonight, but there will still be some snow and blowing on Thursday.