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Winter storm hits central Saskatchewan with 4-6 inches of snow

Winter storm hits central Saskatchewan with 4-6 inches of snow
Winter storm hits central Saskatchewan with 4-6 inches of snow

An eastbound Alberta clipper has hit central Saskatchewan with a dumping of snow and poor driving conditions.

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), many central regions of the province have received 10 to 15 centimetres of snow since the snow began on Tuesday.

The snow warning for Saskatoon was lifted as the clipper headed east toward Manitoba, but areas in eastern Saskatchewan, including Yorkton, Kamsack and Esterhazy, were still under a snow warning Wednesday morning.

According to ECCC, snowfall will decrease on Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Saskatoon received about 15 cm of snow, which combined with strong winds caused a thick snowpack, snow drifts and fewer lanes and sidewalks, the city said in a press release.

Travel is discouraged on many highways near Yorkton, Kamsack and Esterhazy, according to the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline map. The map also shows that some highways in southern and central Saskatchewan, including near Saskatoon, have poor visibility and winter driving conditions.

Snowfall on Highway 9 in Saskatchewan on Wednesday morning.

A highway camera captures snowfall on Highway 9 in Saskatchewan Wednesday morning. (Saskatchewan Highway Hotline)

ECCC has also issued extreme cold warnings for some areas in northern Saskatchewan. La Loche and Uranium City are expected to experience wind chills that will make it feel -45 C or colder for the rest of the week.

The National Weather Service issues extreme cold warnings when very low temperatures or wind chill pose an increased health risk, such as frostbite and hypothermia.

Screenshot of the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline map at 8:15 a.m. CST on Wednesday. Driving on highways marked white is discouraged, while dotted lines indicate low visibility.

A screenshot of the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline map on Wednesday around 8:15 a.m. CST. Driving on highways in white is discouraged, while dotted lines indicate low visibility. (Saskatchewan Highway Hotline)