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Flin Flon, Creighton schools cancel classes Tuesday due to blizzard conditions

Both the Flin Flon School Division (FFSD) and Creighton School Division (CSD) have declared snow days Tuesday after a winter storm swamped town.
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Both the Flin Flon School Division (FFSD) and Creighton School Division (CSD) have declared snow days Tuesday after a winter storm swamped town.

"With the weather conditions as they are, schools in the FFSD will be closed today. We are expecting another 15 cm of snow with blowing winds. We apologize for the short notice, as we hoped we could operate as usual today," reads a statement issued early Tuesday morning by the FFSD. 

Another early morning statement issued Tuesday for Creighton Community School reads, "Due to the weather conditions there will be no school today."

"We apologize for the short notice. Stay safe everyone!"

About 10-15 centimetres of snow is expected to fall in Flin Flon Tuesday during the day, with another 5-10 expected Tuesday night and up to another four centimetres expected Wednesday. That snow is accompanied by winds gusting up to 50 kilometres an hour, which are expected to last until Wednesday night. Even more snow is expected for areas of northern Saskatchewan outside Creighton and Denare Beach, where over a foot of snow is expected in some places.

The area has been hit by a low-pressure system coming in from the west, remnants of a similar system that hit western Canada hard earlier this week.

Flin Flon, Snow Lake and much of northern Manitoba is currently under a snowfall warning issued by Environment Canada. Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel until conditions improve, as both the snowfall and wind will cut visibility down dramatically.

"Snow will spread west to east today. Snowfall started last evening in The Pas and along the Saskatchewan border. Snow is expected to begin this morning near Island Lake and the Ontario border. The heaviest snow is expected today to reach 10 to 15 centimetres. By the end of Wednesday, snowfall totals may reach up to 25 centimetres," reads the warning.

"The heaviest snowfall band may not reach as far north as Lynn Lake, who may see 2-4 centimetres, whereas areas south such as Pukatawagan may see closer to 10 centimetres today. This system and its effects will exit our region on Wednesday evening."