People living in Saskatchewan are set to face a stark reality: winter is coming.
Environment Canada called for a major shift in weather provincially as a low-pressure system, which started in Montana Monday, moves through southern Saskatchewan bringing rain and the season’s first flurries.
“You’re going to get colder air coming in through (Tuesday) evening and overnight, and you’re going to see that rain change to snow by Wednesday morning sometime,” said James Cummine, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.
Tuesday morning, Cummine said people in other parts of the province already got a significant amount of rain—between 20 and 50 millimetres—in the last 24 hours.
He noted Broadview saw around 38 millimetres, while Val Marie, just north of the Sask.-U.S. border, received 50 millimetres.
Cummine said Saskatoon has remained largely untouched by heavy precipitation recently; however, the rain should intensify Tuesday.
“We’re expecting by the end of the day somewhere in the order of 10 to 20 millimetres—before it switches over to snow, where you can see five to 10 centimetres (four to six inches).”
While it’s possible residents might wake up to snow-covered surfaces Wednesday, the ground is still warm enough to ensure at least the first few inches will melt quickly.
Cummine also predicts a return to warmer temperatures after the Thanksgiving long weekend.
“At least into the double-digit highs of 11 C for Sunday and Monday,” he said.
Tuesday morning, Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for the area of Pelican Narrows, Cumberland House and Creighton.
The weather agency expects up to five centimetres of snow by Tuesday evening, calling for an additional five to 10 centimetres overnight and another round of flurries Wednesday.
Environment Canada also issued rainfall warnings for parts of Saskatchewan including Yorkton, Melville, Esterhazy, Kamsack, Canora and Preeceville.
According to the statement, the rain is moving towards the area along the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. Most areas are expected to see 40 to 60 millimetres of rain with heavy precipitation continuing overnight and tapering off Wednesday.