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Moose Jaw under snowfall warning, up to 15 centimetres expected

Windchills in the -33 C range overnight as part of another winter storm in Saskatchewan
Moose Jaw is under a snowfall warning, with up to 15 cm expected overnight.

With the nice weather folks in Moose Jaw were able to enjoy last week, you knew Mother Nature would be looking to balance things out in the near future.

As it turns out, tonight is that time.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for much of southern Saskatchewan, including the Moose Jaw area. And unlike previous storms this fall, this one is bringing a bit of a bite.

Up to four centimetres of snowfall is expected throughout the day Thursday, with winds in the 20 km/h range and high of -9 C, making for a -22 C windchill through the afternoon.

Things pick up overnight, with between five and 10 cm of snow expected. The overnight low is expected to hit -22 C and with winds remaining in the 20 km/h range, the windchill will fall into the -33 C range and bring with it a danger of frostbite.

The snow will taper off into Friday morning, with a 30 per cent chance of snow throughout the day and a high of -18 C. 

Should snowfall amounts hit the range they’re expected, it will set a new mark for the greatest snowfall in recent history -- a total of 6.5 cm fell on Dec. 1 in 1993 and 7.4 cm on Dec. 2 in 1991, both single-day records.

Fortunately, we don’t have it that bad when it comes to snowfall accumulation and snow on the ground, with the last week of temperatures in the positives seeing to that.

The all-time record? Nearly a foot of snow, 26 cm, covered Moose Jaw in early December in 1996.

Be sure to keep an eye on your favourite weather outlet, including, for the latest outdoor conditions.

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