tobogganing in Regina

A family hits the hills of Regina on Christmas Day. (Submitted to CBC by Peter Scoular)

Enjoying the mild weather lately? Well, get ready to kiss it good-bye — intense cold returns to Saskatchewan tonight.

Although the mercury had risen into positive celsius temperatures on Boxing Day after more than a week of -20s and -30s, that mildness will end, Environment Canada says. 

A sharp cold front is expected to slide southward through southern Saskatchewan with winds gusting up to 60 kilometres per hour. That will create wind chill temperatures in the -25 to -35 range by the morning.

It's also expected that there will be 5-10 centimetres of snow by Saturday morning.

Highway conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the province, with blizzard conditions expected in the Cypress Hills area.

The deep freeze is then expected to stick around for a few days.

Things should begin moderating somewhat around New Year's Day, the weather agency says.