Winter weather moving in Tuesday night and Wednesday morning

The nice weather to start November looks like it will be stopped by Old Man Winter beginning to wake up.

A weather system is set to make its way through Saskatchewan and pass along the Northern Grain Belt and Yellowhead Highway.

Environment Canada has issued Special Weather Statements for much of central Saskatchewan, including Saskatoon, Prince Albert, the Battlefords, and Melfort.

Terri Lang, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, said the bulk of the snow would be concentrated in the Yorkton, Quill Lake, and Nipawin areas. However, residents in Regina will see some snow.

“It will probably start as rain; I think we will get some rain overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, temperatures above zero with that rain falling and then later in the day, it looks like it will transition to snow,” she said. “Snow Wednesday night, overnight into Thursday morning, continuing through the morning and the tampering off.”

Lang said that the southern portion of the province would see its most significant snowfall to date.

“Hard to kind of pin down the snowfall amount, maybe five centimetres after all is sent and done,” she said. “Another issue is the winds that are coming up on Thursday out of the north that is bringing in the colder air, so a lot of blowing and drifting snow as well on Thursday.”

“I don’t think it will stay,” she continued. “Although we are looking at a few more systems, but just the way the long-range forecasts are looking, it is probably going to melt.”

Lang added in terms of temperatures; things should remain around zero, so the snow might initially melt though once they go below zero, things could get messy on the roads.

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