It's the pefect example of Saskatchewan weather – sunny and plus five one day, blizzard-conditions the next. Nearly a foot of snow and a strong, gusty wind has arrived and it's ugly out there. Environment Canada says a cold front sweeping through the southern half of the province is responsible for blizzard conditions that are expected to last at least until Friday morning.
Moose Jaw and areas like Assiniboia, Gravelbourg Coronach, Craik, Central Butte and Swift Current are under a blizzard warning. That is is issued when four or more hours of visibility at 400 metres or less are expected due to snow and blowing snow, along with sustained winds of at least 40 km/h.
The forecast says heavy snow will cover the southern part of the province while high winds will make it worse, reducing visibility to nearly zero. The weather office says areas near and south of the Trans-Canada Highway, from Moose Jaw westward toward the Alberta border, will be hardest hit.
The rest of southern Saskatchewan is under a winter storm warning. In this case, Environment Canada issued the warning as it expects 10cm of snow as well as blowing snow where visibility is 800 metres or less with sustained winds of at least 30 km/h for at least three hours.
The heavy snow will let up overnight as the cold front slips south into the Dakotas. However, the high wind and wind chills of minus 30 are expected to stick around at least until Friday night.
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