Saskatchewan

Airport crews prepared for heavy snowfall in Regina

Snow delayed multiple arrivals and departures at Regina International Airport on Wednesday.

Several arrivals, departures delayed, with visibility less than 1 kilometre at YQR around 10 a.m.

The airport's vice-president of operations and safety said it's up to the pilots to decide if a flight should be delayed or not. (Radio-Canada)

Snow delayed multiple arrivals and departures at Regina International Airport on Wednesday.

Around 10 a.m., when the snowfall was heavy, the visibility was less than a kilometre. While snow at this time of year is a bit of a surprise, crews were nonetheless prepared for it.

"Our guys were already in winter mode and we're handling things on the ground," said Earl Spencer, vice-president of operations and safety at the airport. 

He said it's up to the pilots to decide if a flight should be delayed or not. 

Snow is not uncommon this time of the year, according to Environment Canada. 

About two to five centimetres fell on Wednesday. That's a far cry from Oct. 16, 1984, when 26 cm of snow blanketed the city. 

While visibility was low Wednesday morning, the skies cleared up later in the day.

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