Much of southern Saskatchewan received a blanket of snow Saturday and overnight. The amount varied from west to east, with more than ten centimetres falling in the southwest part of the province, and around five centimetres falling closer to the Manitoba border.
The snowfall resulted in a travel not recommended advisory for some highways in the southwest, including the Trans-Canada west of Gull Lake. That advisory was still in place as of 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
The system that brought the snow is now being pushed out of Saskatchewan, with an Arctic air mass bringing temperatures well below seasonal for this time of year. Temperatures are expected to drop throughout the day Sunday, accompanied by high winds from the northwest.
The west central part of the province is expecting temperatures around -17° during the day, with overnight lows of -26°. Wind chills will make it feel closer to –34. Monday, the temperatures will be around 10 degrees colder than normal.
In the southwest, more snow is expected throughout the day with the mercury falling to -16°. The winds from the northwest are expected to be gusting upwards of 60 km/h, which will bring windchills of –27 during the day, and even colder overnight.
In the northeast, particularly the Humboldt area, the temperature is expected to fall to -19°, with winds from the north gusting up to 50 km/h. The snow should taper off overnight, along with the winds. An overnight low of -26° is also expected.
In the Moose Jaw and Regina areas, up to four centimetres more snow is expected, along with winds gusting up to 60 km/h. The temperature is expected to fall to -16° during the day, and down to -24° overnight, which will also bring wind chills of –35.
In the southeast, the winds are expected to get up to 70 km/h at times, with the temperature falling to -15°. Overnight, the temperature is expected to go down even further, to -25°. The windchills are expected to range from –27 during the day to –33 overnight.
The cold snap is expected to last for a few days, before temperatures return to normal across the board by mid-week, and then climb up towards 0° by next weekend.