Saskatchewan was just on the northern receiving end of a “Colorado Low” (not to be confused with John Denver’s Colorado Rocky Mountain High). A Colorado Low is a low pressure area that forms in southern Colorado or north eastern New Mexico and moves east to northeast producing heavy precipitation. It is similar to an Alberta Clipper which is a name we’re more familiar with.
Clippers form when warm moist air from the west coast comes over the Rockies and cause a Chinook in Alberta and a storm over the prairies. When I was looking this stuff up I came across other names that, quite frankly, I don’t remember hearing before, such as “Saskatchewan Screamer” and “Manitoba Mauler” that apparently are storms that start in our provinces and head south into the U.S. The most serious winter storms of course are blizzards, severe snowstorms with strong winds over 56 kms per hour lasting for hours. There are also ground blizzards where snow has stopped falling but strong winds continue and the snow on the ground is lifted and blown around. We are actually pretty fortunate when you look at how eastern Canada gets battered by severe storms a lot more frequently than we do. They sometimes get what are termed “Panhandle Hooks” that start in the States and trek northeast to the Great Lakes and eastern Canada and account for some of the most deadly blizzards and snowstorms in North America. After all this learning I should go hire myself out as a meteorologist?