Blast of wintry weather to hit southern Saskatchewan, prairies over next few days

A winter storm warning is in effect for Saskatchewan, with heavy snow, strong winds, and blowing snow in store for southern Saskatchewan, beginning Thursday night and carrying into Friday morning.

Environment Canada warns about winter conditions between Thursday evening and Saturday

The whirr of snow-clearing machines will once again be heard across the southern half of the province. (Craig Edwards/CBC News)

A winter storm warning is in effect for Saskatchewan, with heavy snow, strong winds, and blowing snow in store for the  southern part of the province, beginning Thursday night and carrying into Friday morning. 

A pair of low pressure systems is moving into Western Canada, bringing moisture from the Pacific areas off British Columbia and near California.

The weather system is expected to bring rain which will be turning into snowfall in the south of the province, with southeastern Saskatchewan seeing the heaviest snowfall, toward Estevan, and closer to Moose Jaw and Regina.​ People in these areas can expect to see between 10 to 20 cm of snow.

Strong southeast winds with gusts up to 70 km/h could also reduce visibility in blowing snow.

The Canadian and American prairies are seeing a weather system track through, which could bring a range of wintry conditions between Thursday evening into Saturday. (Environment Canada)

The snowfall is expected to slow by mid-morning, and the storm will exit the province completely by Friday evening. 

Saskatoon lands in the middle of the two systems, between the north and south, with five centimetres expected in the city, according to Environment Canada. 

The incoming weather systems are expected to affect a wide swath of the prairies with a range of wintry conditions from Thursday to Saturday, and Environment Canada suggests that people should consider postponing non-essential travel and check for weather alerts before heading out on the road.