© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Snow falls from a tree in Crescent Park. The recent cold snap isn't expected to last long, according to Environment Canada.
Buckle up and get ready for some warmer temperatures on the next stop of the weather ride.
“We’ve seen a lot of these weather roller coasters where we’re seeing a couple of warm days followed by several cold days and some snow right as it transitions … from warm to cold and back to some warm air again,” said Bill McMurtry, meteorologist with Environment Canada. “That pattern seems to be continuing for the next little while anyways.”
Moose Jaw and pretty much all of Saskatchewan experienced several warnings issued by Environment Canada starting on Friday and continuing into the weekend, including frigid wind chill values.
The good news behind the recent cold snap is it isn’t going to stay much longer.
“We’re looking at a warming trend as we get towards the end of the work week and we could see daytime highs in around -3 C by Thursday,” said McMurtry. “It looks like about a four-day cold snap (that started Saturday) and then some gradual warming by the time we get to the middle to the end of the work week.”
On Friday, Moose Jaw was under a blowing snow warning for most of the day, but conditions were even worse south of Moose Jaw and south of the Trans-Canada Highway with whiteout conditions.
On Saturday and Sunday, Moose Jaw and the province was under a wind chill warning with winds from the northwest creating a wind chill of colder than - 40 C over the weekend.
On Sunday morning, the coldest wind chill value of - 50 C was reported. The wind chill warnings are because of another “frigid Arctic airmass,” according to the Environment Canada website.
On Monday, the forecasted high is around - 23 C with wind chill making it feel like it’s colder than - 40 C. At those extreme wind chills, the Environment Canada website said frostbite can occur on exposed skin within five to 10 minutes. By Monday afternoon, wind chills are expected to subside.
The normal daytime highs for Moose Jaw this time of year are around - 9 C with lows around - 20 C.
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