The southeast has returned to winter conditions.

"We have periods of light snow in the forecast into tonight," explained Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Natalie Hazell with Environment Canada. "Probably till around nine o'clock this evening. The periods of snow should then taper off and we should then see clearing in the overnight period."

She added that the winds should also die down. Estevan saw gusts 48 km/hr this afternoon.

"Visibility is being reported as 2 km at the airport so it's possible there are a few spots that have slight;y worse visibility, in snow and blowing snow. We're not expecting the snow to really accumulate. it's not that heavy but the combination of the two certainly does make things difficult."

She also mentioned that considering that yesterday the southeast saw temperatures of +2.6 C, there was plenty of puddles around which are now frozen.

"So not only do you have light snow and blowing snow, you also have ice underneath all that. Road conditions, I expect, could be quite difficult as the day progresses."

"With sunset and winds continuing out of the northwest, temperatures could fall to -25 C tonight and into tomorrow morning. And we don't see a whole lot of recuperation until maybe Monday, maybe Tuesday."

"We've got an Arctic ridge settling over the prairies and it's sticking around for awhile. We are expecting sunnier conditions, there might be a few cloudy periods here and there, but the sun is a symptom of an Arctic ridge so it's not really going to warm up. And the overnight temperatures, especially by the time we get to Friday night and into Saturday morning, we're looking at a forecast of -31 C."

"The ridge doesn't really move. We will eventually see the centre and the ridge itself pass but that's going to take a really long time which is why we have these cold temperatures in the forecast for at least til Monday, possibly pushing into Tuesday."

She added that with these low temperatures, we could be looking at significant wind chills at which point precautions need to be taken if you are spending anytime outdoors. 

"Whether we have warning criteria or not, you should still be paying attention to those things and taking the same precautions when we talk about cold weather."

She also shared that should you find yourself stranded in your car, make sure that you have packed an emergency kit. It is also a good idea to plan ahead to call someone when you have reached your destination so they can alert emergency crews should they not receive that call. As well, she noted the importance of staying in your vehicle if if breaks down.

"It is the best shelter available to you. Distances along the highway are very hard to judge, especially when we travel at 100 km/hr. Things in the distance are relatively quickly reached when you're driving but if you're on foot, those things that look like they shouldn't be that far, are actually a lot further. And if you left your car, you could be exposing yourself to the elements unnecessarily."

She added that it becomes even more dangerous if visibility is reduced. 

"You see something in the distance, you leave your car and start walking and then you get caught in whiteout conditions. You can't see what you're looking for and you turn around and you can't see your car anymore."

Information on how to put together an emergency kit can be found online.


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