Blowing snow across the Prairies
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 10:30 AM -
A clipper in Alberta is on track to bring snow to the Prairie provinces Sunday, and drivers will have a tough time in the face of strong winds.
"Southern Saskatchewan could locally see blizzard-like conditions this morning with sustained winds around 50 km/h, and gusts closer to 80 km/h," Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani said Sunday morning.
Blowing snow warnings were in effect for southeastern Saskatchewan, including the city of Regina.
Amounts will be relatively light in comparison to past storms, but those winds will drive down visibility.
Conditions will improve in Saskatchewan through Sunday afternoon, although the snows will move on to Manitoba next.
That system will bring milder Pacific air Sunday, but that has its own sting in the tail for drivers.
"There is the threat of some patchy freezing rain along the warm front as well," Vaswani said. "The good news is this brings some mild air into Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and they stay on the milder side through the middle of next week."
In Alberta, meanwhile, the southwest was under a wind warning, with Chinook winds expected to gust over 100 km/h in the extreme south of the province through the day.
Travellers west, meanwhile, should expect snow in the mountain passes, with the Canadian Avalanche Centre warning of high avalanche risk throughout the day.
In British Columbia, the province is in the sights of another system that will bring rain and potentially damaging winds to the coasts, along with significant snowfall in the higher elevations.
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