Hurricane force winds slam Saskatchewan with gusts up to 131 km/h

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WATCH ABOVE: Hurricane force winds slam Saskatchewan on Tuesday night with gusts up to 131 km/h. – Oct 18, 2017

An intense, fast moving low pressure system and strong cold front swept across Saskatchewan on Tuesday night, bringing damaging wind gusts across the province.

The highest gust recorded was 131 km/h at Moose Jaw around 10 p.m. – a new record for the month of October – beating out the old record of 119 km/h set on Oct. 16, 1991.

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Hurricane force winds of over 118 km/h were also reported in Regina with a gust clocked at 120 km/h shortly after 10 p.m.

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Saskatoon reported a gust of 113 km/h and Swift Current reached 124 km/h.

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Moose Jaw was reported as the windiest place on earth Tuesday night, followed by Regina, Saskatoon and Swift Current.

Winds remain high across most of the province Wednesday morning but will gradually diminish throughout the day.

There were some power outages in Saskatoon, however no major damage was reported.


Saskatoon Forecast


After a wild and windy night in Saskatoon, gusts finally dropped back out of the 100 km/h range into the 90 km/h range into the early morning hours as we fell back to 3 degrees to start the day.

Winds sat around 50 to 60 km/h with gusts upwards of 70 to 80 km/h right through the morning under pure blue skies and sunshine.

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Sunny skies stuck around for the rest of the day with winds easing back to 40 km/h and gusts upwards of 50 to 60 km/h as the pressure gradient between systems started to slacken and we warm into low double digits.



As the next large system slides onto the coast and an upper ridge builds back in, a warm southwesterly wind around 30 km/h with gusts upwards of 40 to 50 km/h will kick in on Thursday.

Winds remain breezy on Thursday across central Saskatchewan. SkyTracker Weather

The mild weather should spring temperatures up into the upper teens or low 20s for an afternoon high under predominantly cloudy skies during the day.


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We’ll finally get a break from the winds on Friday, but partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected during the day.

The upper ridge should hang on to finish off the week and keep our daytime in the upper teens.

An upper ridge of high pressure rebuilds in across the region Thursday and hangs on Friday morning before moving out. SkyTracker Weather

Weekend Outlook

Cooler air will slide in for the weekend as an upper trough dives in, dipping daytime highs back into low-to-mid double digits and bringing back windier conditions with gusts upwards of 50 to 60 km/h under partly to mostly cloudy skies.

Strong wind gusts return to central Saskatchewan this weekend. SkyTracker Weather
Here is your Saskatoon SkyTracker 7-Day Weather Forecast. SkyTracker Weather

This Your Saskatchewan photo for Oct. 18 was taken by Joe Cortes in Saskatoon:

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This Your Saskatchewan photo for Oct. 18 was taken by Joe Cortes in Saskatoon. Joe Cortes / Viewer Submitted

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