© Austin Davis
The City of Moose Jaw filled their trucks with sand on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, to get prepared for this weekend's predicted heavy snowfall.
Environment Canada meteorologist Bill McMurtry told the Times-Herald the Friendly City is likely to experience a winter storm that could bring with it wind and as much as 15 centimetres of snow.
“A taste of winter is on the way,” he said, adding the low-pressure system is moving in from the west and is expected to strike the local area sometime Saturday, continuing through to Sunday.
He said the storm is likely to be fairly significant, with ample snowfall and strong winds blowing in from the southeast and northeast. Whether the weather would constitute as a blizzard, on Friday McMurtry said it is too early to tell. However, he expects it to be significant.
“It’s going to be nasty.”
Regardless if it’s a blizzard or just a strong winter storm, the meteorologist advises Moose Javians to stay home if possible and, if they are travelling over the weekend, to use precaution and bring warm clothes and emergency equipment. He said the temperatures would be dropping to the minus teens as well throughout the event.
“I think the safety component is important on this one.”
City of Moose Jaw public works manager Duane Grado said his staff are prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store for the Friendly City over the weekend.
For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.