Winter storm to pound Western Canada
Forecasters have issued wind chill, blizzard and winter storm warnings for parts of Western Canada, urging people to brace themselves for a major storm over the next two days.
Snowfalls of about 10 to 15 centimetres are expected in B.C.'s Peace Region, central Alberta, south-central Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba, CBC meteorologist Claire Martin said Tuesday. People are being warned to watch for blowing snow.
Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and other cities will all be hit over the next couple of days, the CBC's Weather Centre predicted.
British Columbia, which has been battered by a series of unusually fierce storms in recent months, continued to be pounded by heavy winds on Tuesday, with gusts of more than 100 kilometres per hour reported in the Vancouver area.
A waterspout was reported northeast of the Victoria International Airport. Wind speeds in a waterspout may reach 90 km/h.
Officials at Vancouver's Stanley Park continued to watch the weather patterns, worried about new problems that might emerge from the strong winds.
The park has been in a fragile state since recent wind storms damaged more than 3,000 trees.
Blizzard conditions in central Alberta were playing havoc with motorists. RCMP in northwestern Alberta say they can't keep up with all the accidents on Highway 43 near Valleyview.
Temperatures were also expected to plummet to –20 C in central Alberta by Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, striking snowplow operators in Saskatchewan are returning to work asthe blizzard heads east.
Environment Canada is forecasting severe weather, including heavy snowfall, high winds and blizzard-like conditions, for much of the northern and southern grain belts.
The Highways Department says the weather is causing hazardous driving conditions, including poor visibility and icy roads. It has been warning Saskatchewan drivers to stay off the highways if at all possible.