First major storm of the year
FTLComm - Tisdale - Tuesday, January 15, 2008

This one was not suppose to be our storm as the weather man said it was to track from Lloydminister across to Saskatoon and then take the Yellowhead east. However around mid day today the wind got at little stronger, then came some snow and blowing snow and despite the reasonable -10º temperatures we had a full blown blizzard.

It was just after 2:00 when I went out to sample the day and pick up a few provisions. After I did my shopping I thought I would cruise out west on highway #3 to get you some pictures. I did not make it much beyond the Welcome To Tisdale sign when visibility was zero. Not only was the snow and blowing snow a factor limiting visibility to a hundred feet or so but the stuff blew into the van's heating system and I was fogged in with the four ways on and wondering where the heck was the next turn off.

I was able to scratch my way to the first road west and turned off toward ENSASK Biofuels and what I saw when the windshield cleared is the picture at the top of the page. I drove up to the ENSASK buildings and had some problems finding the road in and out. By that time I decided to curtail any further attempts to get you some blizzard pictures. Hold up a white page of paper about six inches from you nose and that is pretty much what I saw and there was to see


We have been pretty luck not just this year but this winter with almost all of the storms tracking along the Yellowhead highway passing well to the south of us but this one is cutting a much wider path across the province than expected.

We have a Trojan hockey game here in Tisdale tonight and Prince Albert has not cancelled but some businesses closed early this afternoon before 3:00 as it was time to go home and not hang around to see if the weather would get worse.

Timothy W. Shire

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