The month of March can often bring late winter storms, and it appears Estevan is in the crosshairs of a weather system that's tracking north up from the United States this weekend.
Environment Canada is forecasting as much as 30 centimetres of snow for Estevan on Friday night and into Saturday, which could create hazardous travel conditions in the southeast.
"I guess the best advice I can give is if at all possible, avoid travel, especially when blizzard warnings have been given," said Cpl. Craig Park with the Estevan RCMP. "We've seen in the past, motorists that get stuck in these blizzards, and obviously don't make it to their destinations."
"Find a plan to go another time or make different arrangements."
If you do find yourself on the roads during a storm, Park says it's important to follow specific safety measures.
"First and foremost make sure you have your cell phone and you're ready to call for help if need be and your phone is charged. Have appropriate clothing for the weather...if you have to get out of your vehicle for any reason, you need to make sure you have warm clothes," he said.
"Stay with your vehicle. If you find yourself stuck, stay with your vehicle. Try to keep your headlights and stuff clear as much as possible, keep your exhaust clear, if you find yourself stuck in whatever situation."
If you're driving through bad weather, Park recommends reducing your speed and driving according to the conditions.
"Anticipate for braking...try to avoid sudden braking. When it gets icy you'll find yourself skidding. And be prepared to stop because when visibility gets down and people get stuck on the roads, that's when we find these kind of pile up situations," he said.
Park added that RCMP officers can't always go out on the roads to help during a storm, depending on how severe it is.
"We don't have any super extra special vehicles that can get us through these storms," Park said. "Just like everybody else...if they get stuck and they can't get to or from where they're going, they're kind of on their own. We'll usually wait until the storm passes to try and get out to do any sort of recovery or follow up."
"Usually if it's too dangerous for people to be on the road, it's usually too dangerous for us to be on the road as well. Tow trucks and stuff usually won't head out until the storm kind of passes because again it puts them at risk as well."
Park added that city streets can sometimes be misleading, when in reality highways can often be a lot worse.
"You can often find yourself driving around the city and it doesn't seem too bad. You get out on the highway and all of a sudden you find yourself in a storm where you can't get to where you're going and you can't get back," he said. "So it's not always what it seems like in the city, it seems to have a bit of a break sometimes in the city until you get out on the highway and it's whiteout conditions."
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