Rain, snow and wind are expected in southern Saskatchewan as a weather system makes its way across the province over the weekend.
Environment Canada meteorologist Terri Lang said the weather system was forming in Alberta and was going to “blast” its way through the province over 12 to 24 hours.
“It’s quite an intense system; we are seeing some rain and snowfall moving into the province, raining currently in Regina, expected to change over into snow over the overnight period,” Lang said Friday evening.
She added it isn’t expected to accumulate, due to how quick the system is expected to move through the province.
“Maybe a couple centimetres, plus the temperature has already been above zero so the ground is already quite warm, so a lot of it will probably melt.”
High winds are also expected, with the southwestern corner of the province getting the worst of it.
Environment Canada issued a wind warning for areas like Shaunavon, Maple Creek and Leader early Friday afternoon.
Wind gusts are expected to reach around 90 kilometres per hour over the afternoon, and are expected to diminish throughout the evening.
Lang said the main cause for concern with this weather system will be if the temperature drops below freezing and turns the wet road conditions into ice.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel – sunshine and warmer temperatures are in the forecast for next week.
Lang said the normal 30-year average for this time of the year is a low of -2 C and highs around 12 C.
“It’s showing we may get a little reprieve and get some warmth and some dryness into the province next week, I think the models are being a little optimistic but I’m hoping to be wrong on this case,” Lang said.
The current forecast has temperatures reaching as high as 18 C next week.