Santa might have to bring sweaters for the reindeer when he passes through Saskatoon this Christmas.
While Environment Canada was calling for a slightly above-seasonal high of -8 C for Friday, the windchill was expected to bring that to around -17 C.
As of early Friday morning, the weather service was expecting a sharp drop in temperatures heading into Christmas and lasting through next week.
By Saturday, temperatures were expected to come down to a high of -15 C.
Saturday’s cooler weather was expected to come with a bit of a stocking-stuffer for fans of a white Christmas, with Environment Canada calling for a 70 per cent chance of flurries.
Environment Canada was expecting the skies to clear by Sunday, with sunny conditions predicted throughout the rest of next week.
However, the bright days were expected to be accompanied by bitter cold, with an overnight low of -31 C forecast for Christmas Eve, followed by a high of -25 C expected for Christmas Day
“Minus 25 is what we’re calling for a high, I mean that would be the coldest Christmas day in 20 years in Saskatoon,” Environment Canada chief climatologist David Phillips said. “It’s warmer up in Tuktoyaktuk on Christmas Day.”
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Thursday alerting people to extreme cold and harsh windchills expected over the next few days in areas around Regina, Saskatoon, Carlyle, Kamsack, Fort Qu’Appelle, Warman, Melfort, Tisdale, Yorkton, Moosomin, Humboldt, Hudson Bay and Prince Albert.