July 17, 2017 2:32 pm
Updated: July 18, 2017 12:54 pm

Saskatoon weather outlook: from tornado-warned storms to smoke

WATCH ABOVE: Tornado warnings were issued in the Saskatoon area on Sunday followed by air quality statements for smoke as a cold front moves into the weather forecast. Peter Quinlan has more.


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Sunday storm report

Special air quality statement

Cold front tonight

Warmer weather ahead

Smoky skies blanket Saskatoon as a cold front approaches.

Sunday Storms

Tornado-warned thunderstorms rolled through the Saskatoon area on Sunday afternoon as a cold front swept across Saskatchewan.

Several tornado warnings were issued in the Saskatoon area with strong rotation associated with these storms, but no funnel clouds or tornadoes were reported.

Tornado-warned storm west of Saskatoon Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Courtesy Jessica Henry

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However, there were several large hail events recorded during the course of the afternoon including tennis ball-sized hail in Big River, golf ball-sized hail in Dalmeny and dime-sized hail in Saskatoon.

Storm report from Sunday’s tornado warned thunderstorms in the Saskatoon area.

Courtesy Environment Canada

Special Air Quality Statement

Environment Canada has ended a special air quality statement for Saskatoon, but it remains in southern Saskatchewan.

High levels of air pollution have developed due to smoke from forest fires in B.C.

Special air quality statement in effect in southern Saskatchewan for smoke from B.C. wildfires moving into the region.

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READ MORE: Special air quality statement issued for Saskatoon

Smoke plumes moving over portions of southern Saskatchewan from forest fires in B.C. have resulted in deteriorated air quality in the area.

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Saskatoon Forecast


Smoky skies started the day in Saskatoon with air quality values deteriorating to a 5 or moderate health risk to start the day with a special air quality statement in effect for B.C. wildfire smoke.

Temperatures dipped back to 7 degrees overnight before a breezy westerly wind kicked in with gusts upwards of 48 km/h and we warmed up into the 20s by late morning under partly cloudy skies.

Winds will remain brisk with gusts upwards of 60 km/h for the rest of the day as we warm up only a few degrees further into the 20s with a few more clouds moving in as a cold front approaches.


Winds will ease back this evening with clouds building in and a chance of showers overnight as we catch the tail end of a cold front and cool down a degree or so into single digits.


We may see a few lingering clouds to start the day on Tuesday before some sunny breaks in the morning with clouds returning midday and a chance of late day showers and risk of a thunderstorm.

The tail end of a cold front slides through Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

SkyTracker Weather

We may see some lingering smoke, however the passage of that cold front should help stir up the atmosphere a bit as we warm up to a daytime high around 23 degrees.


Smoke may make a return later this week as a westerly flow aloft channels in air from British Columbia where the wildfires continue to rage.

Mostly sunny skies look to dominate Wednesday and Thursday with daytime highs around 27 to 29 degrees through Friday when a system slides through with a risk of showers and thunderstorms.

Upper ridge rebuilds the heat and sunshine into the end of the week.

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Weekend Outlook

Conditions will likely remain a bit cooler on Saturday behind the system with some lingering clouds and a daytime high back into the mid 20s before we warm back into the high 20s Sunday under mostly sunny skies as an upper ridge rebuilds.

Here is your Saskatoon SkyTracker 7-day weather forecast.

SkyTracker Weather

John Eagle took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Brightsand Lake:

July 17: John Eagle took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Brightsand Lake.

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