Drastic weather change coming for Southern Saskatchewan

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Environment Canada warns of drastic weather change - Dec. 27

A Friday daytime high of as high as +5 Celsius in the Southwest will be replaced by bitterly cold wind chills and snowfall totals of as high as five to 10 centimetres by Saturday.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement earlier this morning for all of Southern Saskatchewan, calling for a drastic change in the weather starting tonight. A cold front will drop temperatures into the -20 Celsius range, and snow and strong winds will create poor driving conditions for holiday travellers.

"A sharp cold front is expected to slide southward through Saskatchewan later today into tonight. Ahead of the front very mild temperatures generally at or a few degrees above zero will prevail. By tonight however, a low pressure system tracking across Southern Saskatchewan will push a cold front southward spreading snow and rapidly falling temperatures in the wake of the front. The worst conditions are expected overnight into Saturday morning when the snow is expected to intensify, with widespread accumulations of five to 10 centimeters by Saturday morning accompanied by northerly winds gusting up to 60 kilometres per hour giving poor visibility in snow and blowing snow," the Environment Canada weather statement notes. "Temperatures are expected to drop into the minus double digits, with wind chill values in the -25 to -35 range by Saturday morning. Holiday travellers should be aware that road conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout tonight into Saturday morning. Gusts could be as high as 80 kilometers per hour in the Cypress Hills early Saturday morning and localized blizzard conditions are possible there."

"In the wake of this system, bitterly cold temperatures will prevail for the weekend through new year's evening...With some hint of a warm-up as 2014 begins."

"The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended."

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Southern Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Cypress Hills

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