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Plenty of wind, a little snow

Drivers should expect plenty of blowing snow and periods of poor visibility today, as fresh-fallen flakes get tossed around by very high winds streaming in from Alberta.

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Drivers should expect plenty of blowing snow and periods of poor visibility today, as fresh-fallen flakes get tossed around by very high winds streaming in from Alberta.

Morning snow should should taper off before noon, but more is expected tonight, and there's a lot of wind in the forecast.

Environment Canada says that today's high should reach 2ºC this afternoon — just a couple degrees off setting a record, although it will feel much colder with stiff winds. Maybe 2 cm of snow will fall this morning, with a risk of freezing rain if the temperature rises before the snow stops falling.

A mix of sun and cloud is expected through the rest of the day, as wind speeds pick up dramatically from 20 km/h this mornig to 50 km/h from the northwest this afternoon. Some gusts could be up to 80 km/h and Environment Canada has issued wind warnings in southeastern Saskatchewan, where winds of 100 km/h are possible. A top speed of 119 km/h was recorded in Alberta, where the system originated, although the wind strength is supposed to taper off before it gets to Westman.

There is a 40 per cent chance of flurries this evening, with a few more flurries expected overnight, with continuing winds, though not as quite as gusty. Tonight's low should be -10ºC.

Tomorrow should be cloudy, with a few flurries early in the morning, then clearing skies early in the afternoon. Northwest winds at 40 km/h should diminish to 20 km/h in the afternoon and finally ligthen up in the evening. The temperature will fall tomorrow through the day to about -16ºC in the afternoon.

Clouds are expected for Friday, but the temperature recovers to a high of -3ºC. 

At this point the weekend forecast calls for a mix of sun and cloud on Saturday, along with a high of -3ºC, foloowed by clouds on Sunday and a high of -4ºC.

Into next week, a mix of sun and cloud is predicted for both Monday and Tuesday, with highs around -8ºC.

The normal high for this time of year is -12ºC; the normal low is -23ºC.

The warmest it's ever been on this date was in 1973, when it reached 4.4ºC. The coldest ever was in 1953, when it was -38.3ºC.

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