Snowfall totals from storm tricky to determine thanks to winds and drifting

As crews clean up from this weeks’ winter storm, snowfall totals are becoming available.

Regina received 8 cm’s and Saskatoon 10 cm’s

However, Environment Canada Meteorologist Brian Luzny, said  total amounts were tricky to measure because of the strong wind gusts.

“Measurements are mostly just estimates for this system, because of all the blowing snow and wind that moved it all around, we didn’t actually get any reliable measurements before the wind came in,” he said.

Snowfall totals were much greater further north, with Pelican Narrows getting 28 cm’s, Waskesiu getting 22 cm’s and Meadow Lake 24 cm’s.

The strongest wind gusts reported were in Swift Current and Mankota at 113 km/h, the strongest gust in Regina was measured at 91.

Snow Routes have been declared in Regina, effective until 6:00 a.m. Friday morning.

However residential streets will not be plowed, the City says a residential plow is only done when a snowfall of 15 cm’s or more occurs.


More information from Environment Canada below:

The following is a summary of snowfall amounts in centimetres
reported to Environment and Climate Change Canada as of 1200 CST on
November 17, 2021:

From Environment and Climate Change Canada Automatic Observing
Pelican Narrows 28
Waskesiu 22
La Ronge 17
Southend 13

From Nav Canada Airport Observers:
Meadow Lake 24

From CoCorahs and other volunteers
Clavette 11
Vibank 11
Ile a la Crosse 10
Saskatoon 10
Regina 8
Strasbourg 8

The following is a summary of peak wind gusts in kilometres per hour
reported to Environment and Climate Change Canada as of 12:00 PM CST
on November 17, 2021:

Swift Current 113
Mankota 113
Val Marie 107
Estevan 106
Assiniboia 102
Coronach 102
Moose Jaw 98
Eastend 96
Lucky Lake 93
Weyburn 93
Leader 91
Maple Creek 91
Regina 91
Kindersley 85
Broadview 83
Rosetown 80
Last Mountain 76
North Battleford 74
Yorkton 70
Saskatoon 69

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