Extreme wind and snow wreaked havoc throughout southern Saskatchewan overnight, resulting in several closures and power outages on Thursday.
An Alberta clipper moved across the province on Wednesday night, creating blizzard conditions with winds in excess of 100 kilometres per hour, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).
As of 4 a.m., Bratts Lake saw the highest wind gusts, reaching 143 kilometres per hour, based on preliminary ECCC data.
Regina set a January wind speed record, reaching peak gusts of 126 kilometres per hour.
ECCC said blizzard conditions are persisting throughout southeastern Saskatchewan, but are expected to slowly improve throughout the day.
A record breaking #skstorm raced across SK last night bringing blizzard conditions & extreme wind gusts.
A new provincial January max gust record was set with this storm, Bratts Lake had a gust to 143 km/h. #windy
GIF of sustained wind (shaded areas) and gusts (boxes) below. pic.twitter.com/O7zjcIX9xy
Here are the services impacted by the record setting storm.
Regina Catholic Schools cancelled morning classes St. Gregory School due to a power outage. The board said a decision will be made on afternoon classes before noon.
No power at St Gregory School means classes are cancelled this morning. Stay tuned for a decision on the afternoon before noon. @StGregorySchool— YQR Catholic Schools (@RCSD_No81) January 14, 2021
No other classes at Regina schools have been cancelled as of 8:45 a.m. Some Regina Public Schools and the division office are without power on Thursday morning, however the board said all schools remain open.
A small number of Regina Public schools, including the division office, have no power. All schools are open. More details will be available by 11 am. Please stay safe. pic.twitter.com/FlfGqk9hn2— Regina Public Schools (@RegPublicSchool) January 14, 2021
Regina Public Schools said all Regina student transport is also still scheduled to run on Thursday.
“Please bundle up, keep cautious and stay safe on the ice. See you in school,” the board said in a tweet.
All #yqr student transportation is running today, but may be delayed. It is windy and slippery and visibility is poor. Please bundle up, keep cautious and stay safe on the ice. See you in school. #yqrtraffic drivers please slow down to keep everyone safe in school zones. pic.twitter.com/DEFMJFjB8k— Regina Public Schools (@RegPublicSchool) January 14, 2021
Some Regina areas are snowed in. Parents. If there are issues in your neighborhood relating to student transportation, you will be contacted. #yqrtraffic— Regina Public Schools (@RegPublicSchool) January 14, 2021
PRAIRIE VALLEY SCHOOL DIVISION CANCELS CLASSES
Classes have now been cancelled for schools in the Prairie Valley School Division.
The board said the decision was made due to the winter storm impacting all schools in the division.January 14, 2021
“Due to the closed highways, most staff are unable to be present at our schools, a power outage is affecting a large number of schools and considerations for students remaining within their cohort classes, Prairie School Division has decided to cancel all classes in schools today,” the board said in a Facebook post.
SaskPower reported several outages on their website with no estimated time for repair.
Check SaskPower’s outage map for up-to date information about power outages in your area.
If you've lost your Christmas tree, we've found it! Our crews are working hard to safely restore power to those affected by last night's storm. If you come across a downed power line, keep a safe distance and call us at 310-2220. Learn more: https://t.co/XLp9X8pddq pic.twitter.com/4PLVbrVDU5— SaskPower (@SaskPower) January 14, 2021
MOOSE JAW TRANSIT DELAYED
After a delayed start to the day, Moose Jaw Transit buses are back on roads on Thursday morning, as of 9:15.
City Transit service has been restored as of 9:15am. Yara Centre remains closed due to the power outage. Thank you for your patience. #CityMJ— City of Moose Jaw (@CityofMooseJaw) January 14, 2021