Those travelling on Christmas Day could have a tough time of it in parts of southeast Saskatchewan, as winter storm watches and then warnings were issued Saturday.
Snow had already started in several areas across southern Saskatchewan on Saturday morning.
Meteorologist Mike Russo said the southeast corner of the province would likely get it the worst.
“In particular down towards the Estevan, Oxbow, Moosomin areas, they’ll be seeing snowfall totals up about 15 centimetres of snow.”
Though later when the watches were changed to warning these totals were increased up to 30 centimetres in some areas – while areas closest to the U.S. border could get up to 40 centimetres.
The warnings called for the snow to be worst starting in the afternoon of Christmas Day and overnight. When the storm is worst, Environment Canada said visibility will be down to 400 metres.
Russo said the snow won’t be as bad for Regina.
“Regina should be right on the periphery of this system, but nevertheless should see some significant amounts – we’re expecting about 10 centimetres in total before it’s all said and done late Christmas Day for the Regina area.”
Areas east of Regina, starting in the Fort Qu’Apelle area were added to the warning list around noon on Saturday.
Conditions are expected to improve rapidly for Monday, Boxing Day.