UPDATED: Winter storm watch extended to parts of the Southwest

While a major winter storm is forecast to sweep through Alberta on Friday, Environment Canada is now advising of the potential of snow and blowing snow having an impact in Saskatchewan.

Environment Canada has extended a Winter Storm Watch for west central portions of the province including Lloydminster, North Battleford, Saskatoon, Kindersley, through to the Leader-Gull Lake, plus the Swift Current – Herbert – Cabri – Kyle – Lucky Lake forecast region in the Southwest.

“While the brunt of this storm will occur in Alberta, parts of southwestern Saskatchewan will see significant snowfall accumulation Saturday. Total snowfall of 10 to 15 centimetres is possible with this weather system. Poor visibilities should be expected with the falling snow and local blowing snow,” the Environment Canada alert notes.

“There is an unusually high degree of uncertainty with this weather system. It will be some time before the weather intensity and the exact area of its greatest impact can be predicted. This will affect the area of future weather watches and warnings.”

Environment Canada notes that the strong winds and heaviest snow are forecast to taper off by Saturday evening, but light snow will persist into Sunday.