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5 to 10 cm of snow possible for parts of Saskatchewan: Environment Canada

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WATCH: First taste of winter for parts of Saskatchewan — Meteorologist Peter Quinlan takes a look at what to expect in your SkyTracker weather outlook for Wednesday, Oct. 13 – Oct 13, 2021

A wintery mix of weather is heading for most of southern and central Saskatchewan, but any snow accumulation won’t stick around for long.

Environment Canada says a Colorado low is tracking through the eastern Prairies, bringing much-needed precipitation to the region.

Up to 30 mm of rain is expected through Thursday for areas close to the Manitoba border.

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The agency said some of the precipitation could come as snow as temperatures fall toward the freezing mark.

Localized and potentially rapid accumulations of five to 10 cm of snow will be possible overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning.

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Global News meteorologist Peter Quinlan said the Regina region will bear the brunt of any snow.

“The heaviest amounts of snow are likely in the Regina area with lesser amounts moving outward toward Saskatoon and beyond Moose Jaw,” Quinlan said.

Environment Canada said the combination of snow, rain and near-freezing temperatures will result in quickly changing and rapidly deteriorating road conditions.

Visibility may be reduced at times, and the heavier, wet snow could affect tree branches and power lines, the agency cautioned.

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Any snow that does accumulate will not stick around long.

Quinlan said mild ground conditions and a rise in temperatures later on Thursday will melt most of the snow.

“The precipitation won’t last on the ground long in areas that it does begin to accumulate with daytime highs returning to the teens by the weekend,” he said.

Download the SkyTracker weather app for the latest conditions and warnings.

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It’s never too early to prepare for a Saskatchewan winter. Here’s how – Oct 13, 2021

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