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Special weather statement for -40 to -50 wind chills for Christmas

Saskatoon weather outlook: -40 to -50 wind chills for Christmas
WATCH: -40 to -50 wind chills move into Saskatoon's weather forecast for Christmas.

UPDATE: The special weather statement issued by Environment Canada mentioned in this story has ended

Snow slid in to start winter, which will be followed by -40 to -50 wind chills for Christmas!

Special Weather Statement

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert and much of eastern, central and southern Saskatchewan.

A blast of Arctic air is set to begin moving southwards into the Prairies this weekend, bringing bitterly cold conditions to portions of the Prairies for the holidays.

The agency says exposure to extreme cold can be deadly.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for parts of Saskatchewan on Thursday, December 21, 2017.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for parts of Saskatchewan on Thursday, December 21, 2017. SkyTracker Weather

This cold front will move southwards through the weekend and bring a large-scale outbreak of bitterly cold air.

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By Sunday, daytime highs colder than -20 degrees will be seen, with highs colder than -30 in the north.

This cold weather will continue through the holidays and the remainder of next week as the polar vortex becomes entrenched over the region.

With such cold temperatures in place, periods of extreme wind chill will likely occur.

Skin can freeze in minutes at extreme wind chill values.
Skin can freeze in minutes at extreme wind chill values. SkyTracker Weather

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Motorists planning to head out on roads are advised to use caution and check in with Saskatchewan Highway Hotline before heading out.

Saskatoon Forecast

Thursday

The final few moments of fall were felt early Thursday morning with temperatures in the mid-minus teens and wind chills in the mid -20s under partly to mostly cloudy skies.

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Winter officially began at 10:28 a.m. CT, and just after it kicked off, the snow started to fall as we warmed up to -11 by noon with visibility reduced to a few kilometres in the flurries.

Light snow stuck around for the afternoon as we warned into minus single digits for a daytime high with breezy southwesterly winds.

 

Friday

-26 is around what it’ll feel like with wind chill to start off Friday, the first full day of winter, under mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of flurries during the day.

West-northwesterly winds will remain a bit breezy during the day with gusts upwards of 30 to 40 km/h possible as we warm up to an afternoon high around -11 degrees with wind chills around -20 all day.

Winds will be a bit breezy at times during the day on Friday across central Saskatchewan.
Winds will be a bit breezy at times during the day on Friday across central Saskatchewan. SkyTracker Weather

Saturday

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Another surge of arctic air ploughs through on Saturday with a cold front that could kick up a few more flurries during the day and will keep us under mostly cloudy skies for the majority of the day.

Another shot of frigid arctic air ploughs through this weekend.
Another shot of frigid arctic air ploughs through this weekend. SkyTracker Weather

We will climb up toward, but not quite into minus single digits for a daytime high with breezy winds at times.

Christmas Eve Sunday

The polar vortex, the cold pool of arctic air that normally sits over the North Pole, makes its triumphant return to the region for Christmas Eve on Sunday.

The polar vortex makes it’s triumphant return to Saskatchewan on Christmas Eve.
The polar vortex makes it’s triumphant return to Saskatchewan on Christmas Eve. SkyTracker Weather

As skies clear, temperatures will plummet into the -20s all day with wind chills pushing into the -30s, especially into the evening as Santa gets ready to make his rounds!

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Christmas Day Monday

-40 to -50 is what it’ll feel like with wind chill Christmas morning as the mercury tumbles into the -30s to start the day.

Temperatures hit rock bottom with wind chills into the -40 to -50 range Christmas morning in Saskatoon.
Temperatures hit rock bottom with wind chills into the -40 to -50 range Christmas morning in Saskatoon. SkyTracker Weather

After the frigid start to the big day, we should manage to warm up into the mid -20s with wind chills only rising into the -30s during the day, but we will have lots of sunshine during the day!

Christmas Day will be cold across central Saskatchewan with morning wind chills in the -40 to -50 range.
Christmas Day will be cold across central Saskatchewan with morning wind chills in the -40 to -50 range. SkyTracker Weather

Boxing Day Tuesday

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There is still a bit of discrepancy in the Boxing Day forecast with some models bringing in some clouds and milder air and others keeping conditions clear and cool.

What does appear to be clear is that we can expect a daytime high somewhere in the -20s and morning lows in the -30s with some sunshine and cloud cover at times.

Week After Christmas Outlook

Long-range forecast models are keeping daytime highs in the -20s for the remainder of the week with morning lows dipping into the -30s with wind chills into the -40s at times as clouds slide in and out.

Here is your Saskatoon SkyTracker 7-Day Weather Forecast.
Here is your Saskatoon SkyTracker 7-Day Weather Forecast. SkyTracker Weather

Turtle Lake was the setting for Brian Clark to take the Dec. 21 Your Saskatchewan photo:

Turtle Lake was the setting for Brian Clark to take the Dec. 21 Your Saskatchewan photo.
Turtle Lake was the setting for Brian Clark to take the Dec. 21 Your Saskatchewan photo. Brian Clark / Viewer Submitted

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