People in southwestern Saskatchewan will need to dig through snow to find Easter eggs this weekend.
Environment Canada has put out a special weather statement due to an Alberta clipper bringing six to 12 centimetres of snow. Most of the snow is expected to fall south of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Meteorologist John Paul Cragg said winds gusting up to 60 kilometres per hour are also expected during the snowstorm.
“We are looking at the potential for reduced visibility on the roadways and creating some poor driving conditions on the Easter Friday when lots of people could be travelling.”
Conditions are expected to improve Friday evening.
Southern and central Saskatchewan have seen a large amount of snow in March — with some areas getting more this month than they did from October to February.
Friday’s snow is expected to stay on the ground with colder temperatures forecast to stick around through the first week of April.
Cragg said it’s not unprecedented to have snow cover on the ground in April. He noted Saskatoon still had complete snow cover on the ground as late as April 23, 2013.
Cragg said the last few days of March could see the lowest temperatures of the current cold snap, with windchills into the -30 C range.
“For some areas it could be near record-breaking temperatures tonight and tomorrow depending on just how far those temperatures sink.”
But he said spring will eventually make its way into the province.
“There’s lots of warm air building up in the States and once that warm air gets pointed towards us we’ll warm up quite rapidly this time of year.”