Winter Storm Warning issued for Southern Saskatchewan

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Environment Canada warns of snowfall totals of 15 to 25 centimeters on Monday

Winter Storm Warning issued across Southwest Saskatchewan

A winter storm warning is in effect across Southern Saskatchewan, with freezing rain followed by up to 15 to 25 centimetres of snow on Monday.

Environment Canada issued the winter storm warning for all of Southern Saskatchewan, including the Leader - Gull Lake, the Shaunavon - Maple Creek - Val Marie - Cypress Hills, plus the Swift Current - Herbert - Cabri - Kyle - Lucky Lake forecast regions.

Environment Canada is advising that a winter storm will intensify over Alberta this evening and move into southern Saskatchewan this evening. Freezing rain is possible during the early portion of the storm, primarily along and south of the TransCanada Highway corridor.

On Monday, the winter storm warning is calling for snowfall to intensify during the day, with 15 to 25 centimetres of snow possible, with the highest snowfall amounts forecast along and south of the TransCanada Highway.

In addition to the snow, norther winds gusting as high as 60 kilometres per hour will hamper visibilities and cause drifting.

"The combination of the falling snow and strong winds will lead to reduced visibilities in blowing snow Monday afternoon into late Tuesday morning with blizzard conditions possible over open country," the Environment Canada warning notes.

On the heels of the snow will be frigid Arctic air which will drop the temperature into the low to mid minus 20 range for Thursday and Friday.

Maple Creek's forecast is calling for snow beginning in the morning and snowfall amounts of 10 centimetres. On Monday night, another 10 centimetres is forecast, while in the Cypress Hills up to 20 centimetres could fall Monday night.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Southern Saskatchewan, Gull Lake, Shaunavon Maple Creek Val Marie Swift Current Lucky Lake Alberta Arctic

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