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Snow returns to the Prairies

Snow returns to Saskatoon Wednesday afternoon
Snow returns to Saskatoon Wednesday afternoon

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

February 16, 2011 — Wintery weather has returned to the Prairies. Heavy snow and freezing temperatures have residents remembering there's still several weeks of the season left.

Expected snowfall totals through Thursday
Expected snowfall totals through Thursday

It's back.

After a brief taste of spring-like weather over the weekend, a band of wintery weather is stretching across the Prairies.

Up to 10 cm of snow is possible in the Cypress Hills area through Thursday. Medicine Hat and Lethbridge were originally expected to get hit with snow, but the system is staying further south than originally thought, says Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

However, he adds, “We're still looking at a big swath of snow for the southern Prairies.”

Southern Saskatchewan, including Shaunavon, saw some freezing rain Wednesday morning, which changed to snow later in the day. “Many areas could see over 10 cm of snow,” says Davis.

As a result, motorists are urged to adjust their driving habits accordingly and brace for reduced visibility on the road.

Is it summer yet?
Is it summer yet?

Meanwhile, temperatures throughout much of the Prairie provinces will leave people with no doubt that winter still has a firm grip on Canada.

Saskatoon, which saw temperatures reach 4°C on Tuesday, faced a daytime high of -11°C on Wednesday. It was even colder in Edmonton, where temperatures plummeted to the -20's Wednesday afternoon.

To stay updated on the weather in your area, tune into The Weather Network on TV. National Forecasts come up at 2 and 32 minutes past each hour.

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With files from Andrea Stockton.

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