Environment Canada has issued two weather warnings for northern and northwestern areas of the province.
A winter storm warning is in effect for the Meadow Lake, Pierceland, Buffalo Narrows, La Loche, Big River, P.A. National Park, La Ronge and Pelican Narrows regions. A major spring storm could bring as much as 35 centimetres of wet snow to the region. Strong easterly winds will also result in blowing snow late Thursday night and all of Friday. Conditions should improve early Saturday. A snowfall warning has been issued for North Battleford, Unity, Maidstone and St. Walburg areas. Those regions will receive rain on Thursday night and into Friday morning before switching to snow early in the afternoon. "It will continue as heavy snow through the day on Friday before dying down through the day on Saturday," according to John Paul Cragg, an Environment Canada meteorologist in Saskatoon. "We are expecting 20 centimetres of snow in that area. It is not a winter storm warning because it does not meet the criteria of 25 centimetres." Cragg adds the heavier snow could extend as far east as Spiritwood. He strongly recommends checking the weather forecast and Highways Hotline before making any travel plans on Good Friday or Saturday. Already Maidstone RCMP are reporting adverse road conditions with freezing rain / snow and slippery sections on Highway 16 East of Lloydminster as well as on Highway 17 and the 303. Travel is NOT recommended.