Brace yourselves for the next wave of winter weather.
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A fallen tree blocks traffic on the 200 block of Stadacona Street West, after a 2013 spring snowfall. Times-Herald file photo
Winter was officially ushered in on Dec. 21, but in the past week Moose Jaw hasn’t experienced the brunt of Old Man Winter.
That’s about to change.
On Friday, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for parts of southern Saskatchewan. Moose Jaw is included in the statement.
According to John Paul Cragg, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, the Friendly City is only expected to see about five centimetres of snow between Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.
Five centimetres doesn’t sound all that bad, but when you factor in the potential for freezing rain before the snow arrives, and 40 km/h winds gusting to 60 km/h, Moose Jaw is expected to be hit with winter’s latest punch.
“The plummeting temperatures mixed with the blowing snow made us think we should put out a special weather statement,” Cragg told the Times-Herald Friday.
He said two to four centimetres are expected to fall Friday evening and into the overnight period, with more snow falling into Saturday morning.
“You're looking at snow ending early in the afternoon and then the skies should be clearing, but the winds will continue to be strong into the evening (Saturday),” said Cragg.
Factoring in the wind chill, temperatures Saturday afternoon will feel like -33 or -34 C – a far cry from Friday’s daytime high temperature of 4 C.
“There's a chance of some freezing rain before the snow starts falling (Friday), so the roads could be slippery. Also, there's reduced visibility on the roadways, so we are just telling people to be cautious on the roadways,” said Cragg. “The temperatures are going to be dropping quite quickly, too.”
Unfortunately, the brief reprieve from what has been an unusually cold temperature didn’t last long. There’s more winter on the way for Moose Jaw.
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks