Winter storm watches issued for Saskatchewan/Alberta



Watches

4:36 AM CST Friday 06 November 2020 Winter storm watch in effect for areas in yellow


Major winter storm to impact southern Saskatchewan this weekend. A powerful low pressure system will bring an abrupt return to winter this weekend. On Saturday, a early disturbance will begin affecting the northern grainbelt areas of the province, with 10 to 20 cm of snow expected for the day along with a risk of freezing rain. On Sunday, the main system arrives, bringing more intense and widespread severe winter weather to the entire southern half of the province. Heavy snowfall will spread northeastward through the day accompanied by northerly winds gusting to 70 km/h or beyond. Blizzard conditions are possible and may continue into Sunday night. For the southeast, a milder start to the day will see accumulating rain and/or freezing rain also give way to the heavy snow with strong winds as temperatures steadily fall. While details in timing and intensity are likely to shift somewhat as the event approaches, current consensus indicates that 30 to 50 cm of snow will cover most of the watch area by Monday morning when the system finally departs.

Avoid travel if possible. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to http://www.getprepared.gc.ca. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to SKstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #SKStorm.



Forecast issued by NZP Chasers



Threat level: HIGH

Impacts: HIGH (based on population density)

Confidence: HIGH (based on model agreements)

Expected hazards: Winter storm, freezing rain, sleet, blowing snow and power outages

Expected snowfall: 15-30cm with localized amounts exceeding 30cm

Expected ice accretion:

Time frame: START: Saturday night into Sunday early morning // END: Monday morning

Locations impacted: Southern Saskatchewan // Central Manitoba

Expected watch: special weather statements then winter storm watches

Most likely areas impacted: areas of Southwestern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan

Winter storm outlook issued by NZP Chasers on Nov 5, 2020

For the full forecast go here: https://www.nzpchasers.com/post/heavy-snow-sleet-ice-accumulation-and-power-outages-ahead-for-prairies

Precipitation outlook issued by NZP Chasers on Nov 4, 2020