Travel conditions slowly improving across Southwest

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Environment Canada's 2013 list of top 10 weather events listed the Prairie winter that went on forever as the number eight top weather story for 2013.

Conditions are slowly improving in Southwest Saskatchewan after a rude return to winter conditions which caused a series of area road closures this morning and featured extreme windchills returning.

Just before noon today, Environment Canada has ended their blowing snow warning for the Swift Current - Herbert - Cabri - Kyle - Lucky Lake forecast region, and they also ended the blizzard warning which was in effect for the Shaunavon - Maple Creek - Val Marie - Cypress Hills region.

Wind speeds on Saturday morning of as high as 70 kilometers per hour created zero visibilities on highways across the region, and also brought windchill values into the -30 range.

Environment Canada's forecast for Swift Current is calling for a chance of flurries again this evening, along with windchill values dropping to near the -40 range overnight.

Roads in the Southwest are beginning to show improvement, with the TransCanada Highway now reporting good winter conditions from the Alberta border to Rush Lake, and under winter driving conditions towards Moose Jaw and Regina.

A series of regional roads remained under travel not recommended advisories as a result of drifting snow and poor visibilities, including Highway #13 from Eastend to Aneroid, Highway #37 from Gull Lake to the U.S. border, and Highway #18 from Frontier to Rockglen.

Individuals that have to travel today are reminded to visit the Highway Hotline website http://hotline.gov.sk.ca/map/en.html for the most current travel conditions.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure Highway Hotline

Geographic location: Swift Current, Lucky Lake, Shaunavon Maple Creek Val Marie Alberta

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