SASKATOON – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Saskatoon, Regina and much of central Saskatchewan.
The agency says 5 to 10 cm of snow possible by Saturday morning, starting early Friday morning and switching over to rain mid-day.
Heavy rain will hold down snowfall accumulation on the ground, however rain will likely switch back over to snow Friday night.
A snowfall warning has been issued for much of central Saskatchewan including Prince Albert, Martensville, Outlook, Yorkton and Humboldt, with 10 to 20 cm of snow expected across this region by Friday night.
On Friday, snow will intensify over the warning area, especially north of the Yellowhead Highway.
Across many areas a risk of freezing rain is included in forecasts early Friday morning as warm air moves in aloft.
Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.
Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.
Highway conditions will be impacted Friday across much of the northern grainbelt especially in areas with heavy snowfall.
Earlier Thursday, Highway Hotline announced it will be transitioning to summer operations effective Thursday, however as a result of the forecast snowfall, the Hotline will remain open until Friday, April 18 at 8pm.
Conditions are expected to improve through the long weekend with clearing skies over both Saskatoon and Regina Saturday and eventual warming temperatures into next week.
Snowfall Warning Issued for:
- Martensville – Warman – Rosthern – Delisle – Wakaw
- Prince Albert – Shellbrook – Spiritwood – Duck Lake
- Humboldt – Wynyard – Wadena – Lanigan – Foam Lake
- Melfort – Tisdale – Nipawin – Carrot River
- Hudson Bay – Porcupine Plain
- Kamsack – Canora – Preeceville
- Yorkton – Melville – Esterhazy
Special Weather Statement Issued for:
- City of Saskatoon
- City of Regina
- City of Lloydminster
- The Battlefords – Unity – Maidstone – St. Walburg
- Outlook – Watrous – Hanley – Imperial – Dinsmore
- Meadow Lake – Big River – Green Lake – Pierceland
- Moose Jaw – Pense – Central Butte – Craik
- Fort Qu’Appelle – Indian Head – Lumsden – Pilot Butte
- Moosomin – Grenfell – Kipling – Wawota