The first big snowfall of the season is expected to drop over parts of of western and central Saskatchewan this weekend.

Environment Canada says an intense storm system centred near Kindersley Sunday morning and is expected to track towards Yorkton by evening, bringing snow across west Central Saskatchewan and the Northern Grainbelt. 

According to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways, drivers in those regions started seeing winter conditions on highways by Sunday morning.

Around noon Sunday, travel was not recommended in on a stretch of Highway 16 north of Maidstone to the Alberta border, and from North Battleford to Maymont. 

The RCMP warned Sunday afternoon of poor driving conditions on Highway 16 from Madistone to the Alberta border, saying several semis had jackknifed close to Maidstone slowing traffic to a stop.  

The heaviest snowfall of 10 to 20 cm is expected across the Battleford and Prince Albert regions by Sunday night, as well as around Kindersley and between Macklin and Biggar.

Visibility and blowing snow could make for poor travelling conditions Sunday, as snow from this system is likely to spread east across Central Saskatchewan Sunday night and continue to fall into early Monday.

For Saskatoon, the system was expected to bring rain overnight Saturday, and change to snow later Sunday into Sunday night with a possible 5 cm to 10 cm of snow by Monday morning.

As for Regina, there's a 70 per cent chance of flurries Monday. 

Environment Canada weather statements caution that the storm's direction could change over time. You can find the latest weather information anytime at CBC.ca/sask by clicking the weather links on the right-hand side of the page. 

Road conditions could also change quickly – drivers should check Highways Hotline before heading out. That link is also available on the CBC Saskatchewan homepage