3:35 PM CST Friday 25 January 2019 Special weather statement in effect for southern Saskatchewan:
Severe Winter Weather approaches Saskatchewan. An intense low pressure system currently over the Pacific Ocean will come ashore Saturday morning and begin to affect Saskatchewan Saturday evening. Ahead of the system, warm Pacific air will gradually move in and bring above zero temperatures to southwestern areas on Saturday. Throughout the evening and overnight hours, a sharp line of mixed precipitation will be created with the zero degree line stretching between North Battleford and Regina. This area could experience snow switching over to rain and patches of freezing rain causing hazardous driving conditions.
By Sunday morning, the fast moving system will have moved completely into northwestern Saskatchewan and by early that evening, the northern and eastern grainbelt could see 10 or more centimeters of snow. The actual track of the system is still highly variable and the exact location of the heaviest snowfall is still to be determined. Additionally, this system will be accompanied by a vigorous cold front Sunday afternoon and evening that will sweep through the same area that saw above zero temperatures. Strong winds with gusts of 70 km/h and higher will bring a drastic change in the weather as the warm air is replaced with areas of snow and blowing snow during this time. The area of strongest wind will be southwest Saskatchewan which could see gusts of 90 km/h or higher. Travellers should be aware that widespread reduced visibilities in snow and blowing snow are likely behind the cold front.
Please stay alert for updated bulletins, possible watches or warnings and check the public forecast for more details.
END - Environment Canada
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