Estevan has seen some of the coldest days in about 20 years this December.
"We've got a blast of cold arctic air that's all the way in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, it's also made it's way into Alberta, so because of that cold arctic air we're seeing wind chills across the province down into the -40's. Down into the South East Corner of the province wind chills got down to -45, so it's extremely cold out there," stated John Paul Craigg with Environment Canada.
"It looks like the cold is here to stay for a little while. We're looking at the cold temperatures at least continuing until the 30th and potentially into the New Year as well."
"So far his winter we saw a big dip in temperatures early in November and then through December, the beginning of December we saw really warm temperatures. We're seeing that up and down roller coaster ride that we often do during winter. One cold snap doesn't necessarily mean that January can be quite warm. Right now forecasts are showing closer to normal temperatures for January and by the expectancy this up and down fluctuation of temperatures as the cold arctic air makes its way into the province again," he explained.
"Luckily when we have these cold arctic air ridges that have settled over the province we don't get much in terms of precipitation. We're looking at any precipitation really until the New Year and the South East corner of the province might get some light flurries, but it doesn't look like anything severe."
"One nice thing about these cold arctic ridges is that they settle over the province and give us fairly clear skies, that looks like we'll be seeing those clear skies across most of Saskatchewan over the next week," shared John Paul Craigg.
With the cold temperatures, it's important to keep winter safety in mind.
"It's really important to stay on top of the forecast when we've got these cool temperatures, wind chill is a big factor in hypothermia and skin freezing when outside. Check the forecast, look at the wind chill, when you go outside see if there are warnings that have been issued for your area. It's really important to dress warmly, to seek shelters when wind chills are in the severe range because your skin can freeze within 5-10 minutes of wind chills in the -40 to -45 range. It's important to stay dry, keep active when you're outside, beware of signs of hypothermia and if possible don't spend a lot of time outside in these kinds of temperatures.'