Saskatoon weather outlook – February 19
Highway closures, travel not recommended and near-zero visibility in snow and strong wind gusts are being reported in and around Saskatoon today.
Travel is not recommended on Highway 16 from Saskatoon to Lloydminster and Highway 7 from Delisle to the Alberta border as well as numerous other highways in west-central Saskatchewan due to treacherous road conditions.
Highway 7 was closed this morning between Fiske through Kindersley to the Alberta Border, however it has since been re-opened, but remains travel not recommended.
Visibility has been down to 200 metres at times in some areas with wind gusts upwards of 71 km/h reported in Kindersley this morning.
Two hours of freezing rain with a freezing rain warning started the day around midnight in Saskatoon before the warning was lifted and mist moved in by morning.
The snow kicked in mid-morning with heavier bands moving in at times by the noon hour.
Winds were gusting upwards of 60 km/h just as heavier snow moved in with sustained speeds of 46 km/h at 12 p.m.
The snow is expected to move out mid-afternoon with winds also easing late in the day as temperatures fall from near the freezing mark back into mid-minus single digits by evening.
Tonight clouds will linger with a few clear breaks possible at times as temperatures dive back into the minus teens.
The weekend looks to start on a much calmer note with clouds sticking around throughout much of the day Saturday and a chance of flurries in the morning as a weak low pressure system swings by to the south of us.
The day will begin with wind chill values making it feel like -20, but temperatures will recover back up toward minus single digits later in the day.
Wind chill values will remain in the minus teens through the afternoon though, making it a cooler day, especially compared to the weather we’ve had recently.
Sunday looks to be a bit warmer with a few sunny breaks even possible.
The day looks like it’ll begin in the minus teens before boosting back up to around -3 for a daytime high in the afternoon.
Work Week Outlook
The week ahead looks to start off with more sunshine than we’ve seen in a while with some weak ridging in the upper atmosphere helping to clear skies a bit early in the week, however an unsettled northwesterly flow aloft will likely bring in some more clouds by the middle of the week.
Daytime highs will likely remain a few degrees below freezing through the work week with overnight lows likely to remain just back into minus double digits across the board into the end of the week.
This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Janet Regan of a wintry day on the farm in Green Lake:
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