Wintery conditions made a return to the Prairies this week, reminding residents that the frosty season is hanging on for as long as it can.
A system began to affect the region on Wednesday and parts of central and southern Saskatchewan have been taking the greatest hit. So far, 15 cm of snow has piled up in Saskatoon, while Regina has seen closer to 5 cm. As a result, road conditions have deteriorated.
“Strong winds are helping to blow the snow around and it's causing reduced visibility in some places,” says Gerald Cheng a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
On Thursday, the Highway Ministry warned motorists that travel is not recommended around Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Gravelbourg, Wakaw, Tisdale and Meadow Lake. Zero visibility was reported on the roads in the Shaunavon area as well.
The system continued to track east into southern Manitoba Thursday afternoon where up to 10 cm of snow is possible through Friday morning. The combination of heavy snow and wind gusts of up to 70 km/h produced visibilities of less than one kilometre over open rural areas.
Temperatures throughout much of the Prairie provinces are also leaving people with no doubt that winter still has a firm grip on the area.
Saskatoon, which saw temperatures reach 4°C on Tuesday, faced a daytime high of -12°C on Wednesday and Thursday. It's been even colder in Edmonton, where temperatures have plummeted to the -20's.
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With files from Alexandra Pope.