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The big weather story across Saskatchewan for the past few weeks has been the below-seasonal temperatures, but now attention has shifted to the snow.

'Dangerous' winter storm hits Saskatchewan Wednesday

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 6:17 AM -

Much of Saskatchewan experienced heavy snowfall Wednesday, and that -- coupled with strong winds -- made for treacherous driving conditions across the province.

"The big weather story across Saskatchewan for the past few weeks has been the below-seasonal temperatures," says Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham, adding that attention has now shifted to the snow.

RELATED: Strong wind gusts cause huge temperature spike in Lethbridge, Alberta

"Snowfall warnings and winter storm warnings were issued for much of southern and central Saskatchewan, including Regina and Saskatoon, as a strong system brought 10-15 cm of snow to the region. This storm had a major impact on travel as wind gusts to near 70 km/h produced extensive blowing and drifting snow with widespread whiteouts in open areas."

The storm was accompanied by frigid cold. Temperatures hovered around the -20°C mark, feeling like -30 with the wind chill.

According to Gillham, it was the combination of cold, wind and snow that made this winter storm so substantial.

Further west in Alberta, warm Chinook winds caused a reprieve from the cold Wednesday morning. The city of Lethbridge experienced a 14-degree temperature spike in a one-hour time span.

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