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Wind warning issued for Tuesday night, Wednesday

October 17, 2017 5:43 pm


A wind warning has been issued for nearly all of southern and central Saskatchewan and much of Manitoba ahead of a system looking to move into the province Tuesday night.

Environment Canada is warning of possible damage to buildings and trees.

The low pressure system is rapidly strengthening in Alberta. Locations in Alberta have already registered gusts over 80 km/h, with some areas bracing for gusts near 130 km/h on Tuesday.

By the time the system passes into Saskatchewan, a wide swath of severe and potentially damaging winds will be occurring.

Tuesday afternoon, the strong gusts will move in southwestern Saskatchewan with gusts ranging from 90 to 100 km/h.

Some areas just to the east of the Cypress Hills could see winds with gusts up to 110 km/h.

The main event will ramp up overnight Tuesday. As that storm system passes, strong winds will tear through central Saskatchewan. Weather models are pointing to gusts at or over 100 km/h Tuesday night in the North Battleford, Saskatoon, Humboldt and Wynyard areas.

Because of the rapid motion of this system, most of the province is not expecting heavy snow or rain.

Northern Saskatchewan, though, will likely see steady rain Tuesday, switching over to snowfall the next day.

Showers could also sweep through parts of central Saskatchewan Tuesday night, but the main weather event will be wind-related.

This system, though very strong, will be moving quickly. Winds should remain strong through the morning on Wednesday.

The gusts should begin to ease up Wednesday afternoon, with relatively quiet weather expected Thursday and Friday.

Following is the full text of the weather warning from Environment Canada

A very intense low pressure system currently in Alberta is forecast to move into central Saskatchewan tonight. This system will spread very strong wind gusts of 90 to 100 km/h to southern and central Saskatchewan this evening and overnight. In addition, certain wind prone areas in the lee of the Cypress Hills may see gusts of 110 km/h. Winds will abate overnight through early Wednesday as this weather system tracks into Manitoba. ### Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.storm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #SKStorm.


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