A prolonged period of very cold weather continues in Saskatchewan, and wind chills could make the province feel like –40, or colder, tonight.

On Saturday, the weather office issued extreme cold warnings for several communities including:

  • Swift Current
  • Shaunavon
  • Maple Creek
  • Moose Jaw
  • Assiniboia
  • Gravelbourg
  • Kindersley
  • Rosetown

"Cold arctic air has settled into southern Saskatchewan," a statement from Environment Canada said.

While the air temperature is around –30 C, the addition of wind (15 to 25 km/h) is enough to produce wind chills reaching into the –40s.

Areas of east-central Saskatchewan may get a bit of reprieve from the cold when some cloud cover moves in, the weather office noted.

"In general, however, the cold air and extreme wind chill values will linger across most of southern Saskatchewan through the rest of the weekend," the statement said.

"Temperatures will begin to moderate Monday as a weak disturbance pushes into the southwestern corner of the province."

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frostbite and hypothermia.

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A sun dog, viewed from the western portion of the Regina Bypass, around 2 p.m. CST Saturday. (Submitted to CBC/Jim Marcia)