Temperature plunging into -20s over weekend with high windchills expected
Blowing Snow Warning issued across Southwest Saskatchewan - January 3
Environment Canada has ended all blowing snow warning across Southwest Saskatchewan, and ironically the region is the only portion of the province not currently under a weather advisory.
With snowfall totals of five to 10 centimetres of snow forecast during the day, when combined with northern winds of 40 kilometres per hour, gusting to 60, blowing snow was a problem earlier in the day.
By mid afternoon Friday, the warning was ended in the Leader - Gull Lake, plus the Swift Current - Herbert - Cabri - Kyle - Lucky Lake forecast regions. By late afternoon the advisory was also ended in the Shaunavon - Maple Creek - Val Marie - Cypress Hills area.
"The greatest snowfall is expected over Eastern Saskatchewan where 10 to 15 centimetres is expected towards the Manitoba border. Snowfall and winter storms warnings are in effect for these areas. Further west five to 10 centimetres of snow is expected along the TransCanada corridor and south to the international border," the warning highlights. "But increasing northerly winds to 60 or 70 kilometers per hour this afternoon into this evening will produce extensive blowing snow with local whiteout conditions at times. Travel will become difficult including along the TransCanada highway."
"Snow and blowing snow will taper off this evening as the storm system pushes further east. However much colder temperatures will move in through tonight into Saturday," the warning concludes.
Strong winds are forecast to return on Saturday, with the temperature in Swift Current forecast to fall to -23 Celsius, and windchill values to approach near -39.
Individuals travelling today are advised to check the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure Highway Hotline website http://hotline.gov.sk.ca/map/en.html for the most up-to-date travel conditions.