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Storm threatens up to 30 cm of snow on the Prairies, temperatures plunge

Saturday, April 10th 2021, 8:20 pm - Parts of the Prairies are in for a wintry wallop, with some areas in line to get 10-20+ cm of snow through Tuesday, thanks to dropping temperatures and a potent low-pressure system.

Winter-like weather will soon return to parts of the Prairies as a low-pressure system will track through southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba on Sunday and Monday, bringing up to 30 cm of snow to some areas. The system will also bring much cooler, even early March-like temperatures to the aforementioned regions well into next week. Special weather statements are in place for both provinces. The good news is there will be a gradual warmup in the latter half of the month. More on the timing, below.


Snow from the incoming low-pressure system will trickle into Saskatchewan during the pre-dawn hours Sunday morning and continue through Monday before diminishing in the afternoon hours.

Regina and areas east will be the hardest-hit regions. Regina may see 20-30 cm, while communities east towards the Manitoba border could see over 20 cm. Regions west of Regina to Prince Albert can expect to see 5-15 cm of snow.


Winds will also be blustery in the afternoon, with gusts of 50-70 km/h expected, so motorists can expect difficult travel from blowing snow and poor visibility.

"Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow," warns Environment Canada.

One system will approach from the west while a second moves over the Great Lakes. The combination of the two lows will bring snow and much cooler temperatures to southern Manitoba starting Sunday evening and continuing until Tuesday.


A good chunk of southern Manitoba will see 20-30 cm of snow. Winnipeg and regions east of this city can expect to see 5-10 cm.

"There will be much-needed precipitation, mostly falling as snow, for Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan Sunday night through Tuesday. Liquid equivalent of 15-30+ mm is expected and this is very much-needed across this region," says Dr. Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Winds will intensify Monday morning, with gusts of 50-60 km/h forecast, likely to lead to difficult travel from blowing snow and poor visibility.

The low will weaken and depart Manitoba by late Tuesday, allowing for a gradual return to more normal temperatures by the end of the week.


Well below seasonal temperatures will continue next week -- staying below 0°C for multiple days. While eastern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba see some moisture relief from the recent dry conditions, just minimal precipitation is expected for southern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan.


During the third week of April, temperatures will begin to rebound as warmer weather will slowly spread east across the western Prairies.

Thumbnail courtesy of Jenny Hagan, taken in Saskatchewan.

Check back as we continue to monitor the latest forecast on the Prairies.

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