Saskatoon weather outlook: polar vortex crashes Family Day weekend
Polar vortex presses in for the Family Day long weekend after -40 to -50 wind chills return.
Saskatonians woke up to extreme cold warnings Thursday with wind chills down to -44 as temperatures nosedived back to -32.
Pure blue skies and sunshine started the day under the influence of an arctic high pressure system, with the added solar radiation helping boost us up toward the minus teens by noon.
Westerly winds picked up during the afternoon with gusts upwards of 40 km/h possible as we continued our climb into the mid-minus teens in the sun.
-30 is around what it’ll feel like with wind chill to finish the work week with mostly cloudy skies and a chance of flurries at times during the day, which will help bring us back into slightly milder air.
Winds will be a bit breezy at times as we warm up to an afternoon high in minus single digits.
Family Day Long Weekend
A mix of sun and cloud will kickoff the long weekend on Saturday before more clouds roll in Sunday and then we clear back out as an arctic high drops in for Family Day Monday.
The nicest day of the weekend will be Saturday as we bump up to around -13 degrees in the afternoon before daytime highs fall back into the mid-minus teens Sunday and Monday.
The mercury will plunge down toward the -30s Family Day morning with wind chills approaching extreme cold warning criteria of -40 as the core of the polar vortex, the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere that normally sits over the North Pole, moves closer.
Work Week Outlook
The work week will start off on a frigid note thanks to the placement of the polar vortex, which will keep daytime highs in the mid-minus teens right into the middle of the week under partly to mostly sunny skies.
Angie Merasty took the Feb. 15 Your Saskatchewan photo in Pelican Narrows:
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