March 24, 2015 8:10 pm
Updated: March 24, 2015 11:54 pm

Reginans coping with ‘second winter’

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REGINA – It appears Saskatchewan is reversing the order of the saying, “if March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.”

Most of the month saw lots of sunshine, blue sky, and above seasonal temperatures, but come Tuesday morning residents woke up to a fierce winter blast.

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Snow – and lots of it, came down faster than people could keep up with it, including Roy Shaw who spent the morning shoveling his sidewalk.

He said the winter storm came out of nowhere: “In Saskatchewan, it is what it is.  Nobody changes the weather, but the weather.”

The blustery weather also caught many drivers off guard.

Road conditions quickly deteriorated and even led to some accidents in and around the city.Geoff Wiebe with Kal-Tire said a number of collisions could be avoided if people held off swapping their winter tires for summer wheels.

“The transitional times of the year, both spring and fall, are the worst driving conditions,” he explained.  “The reason you have those (winter tires) is for days like today, so if possible just leave them on.”

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Wiebe recommends leaving winter tires on until at least for a few more weeks because it’s not uncommon to get snow in Saskatchewan late spring.

While many people were less than impressed with increased traffic and having to dig their vehicles out of mounds of snow, the dump was warmly welcomed by others.General Manager of Mission Ridge Winter Park, Don Williams said the snow is providing the best conditions the resort has seen for its last week of the season.

“To have a nice big snowfall right now is just fantastic! Usually the season goes out with a whimper, but this time it’s going to go out with a bang.”

Mission Ridge shuts down for the season on March 29th.

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