PHOTOS: Early winter wallop
Many are waking up Tuesday morning to a strong system moving over the prairies, bringing with it, an early dose of winter.
Dan Fulton with Environment Canada is watching a wide band of snow on the radar right now stretching from southern Alberta into Saskatchewan.
"We're expecting the snow to become heavier in Saskatoon later (Tuesday) as the disturbance that's currently in Alberta starts moving towards the city," said Fulton.
He says it leave quite the covering.
"By the end of the day, we should see about 10 centimetres on the ground in Saskatoon," said Fulton.
A snowfall warning is in effect for a number of places including Saskatoon, Kindersley, Rosetown, Biggar, the Battlefords, Nipawin, Carrot River, and Prince Albert, to name a few. Click HERE for Environment Canada's snowfall warning map.
The other part of this story is the cold that will follow. Saskatoon's forecasted high for the weekend dips down to about -7 C to -8 C.
Normally around this time of year, it should be around 8 C.
Some flights coming and going from the Saskatoon airport are delayed.
Travel is not recommended for several highways. Highway 7 is closed westbound between Kindersley and the Alberta border. Click HERE for a complete list.
RCMP from Blaine Lake, about an hour north of Saskatoon, say that Highway 12 at Petrofka Bridge is extremely treacherous. Travel is not recommended unless absolutely necessary. Police say several trucks are stuck on the highway and are unable to move due to the ice.
Auto shops bombarded with calls
Keith Batty, the owner of Fountain Tire in Saskatoon, says the phone started ringing around 7:30 a.m.
Some customers were proactive and called before the first snowfall to get their winter tires on, says Batty.
"As it sits right now, our schedule is jammed right through till Monday and the phones are still ringing off the wall," he said.
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