The residents of southeast Saskatchewan should be prepared for the risk of freezing rain and high winds entering the area.

"An Alberta Clipper will be moving through the province," explained Regional Meteorologist, John Paul Cragg. "It's going to be passing pretty much over Saskatoon and will bring some heavy snow for northern Saskatchewan, some really strong winds across central and southern Saskatchewan and the potential for some freezing rain across parts of central and southern Saskatchewan as well in advance of this system as it moves through."

The sudden swing in temperatures is common in these times of systems.

"We've got the cold air that's in the province right now and as this system moves through, it'll have a warm sector to it and what's common with these systems is a big wave of temperatures comes through along with a low pressure system so you get a big bump in temperatures just before the system moves through. And then the system passes by and in behind, northwest winds drag down really cold air."

"You'll be seeing temperatures rise all the way up to five degrees, that's what we're forecasting, and then we'll be down to -23 when we get to Wednesday night into Thursday morning. It'll be a sharp change in temperatures."

The big story coming out of this system will be the potential for freezing rain mixed with the strong winds. 

"Down in your neck of the woods, in the southeast, there's a small chance of freezing rain, you could even get some rain that will then freeze once the cold air comes in. Any rain that hasn't frozen on the ground, will freeze fairly rapidly so expect some slippery driving conditions. And we're also forecasting winds becoming northwest at 50 km/hr gusting to 80 in the morning. Those winds won't help the driving conditions."

After the system passes through, Cragg shares that a high pressure system will move in bringing along with it some cold, arctic air which is likely to stick around for the first week of February. 

"With this cool down in temperatures, there is a chance to see some extreme warnings be issued and it's important to remember in that cold arctic temperatures, skin can freeze quickly." 



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