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Blowing snow advisory for Lloydminster, Wainwright, Provost and Vermilion

Environment Canada has issued a blowing snow advisory for Lloydminster, Wainwright, Provost and Vermilion.

Meantime a winter storm warning remains in place for Maidstone, St. Walburg, Unity and the Battlefords.

An Alberta Clipper will bring near-zero visibility with 10 to 20 cm of snow and blowing snow on Saturday.

Snowfall and strong winds gusting to 70 km/h will combine to reduce visibility. Blowing snow conditions will develop in the afternoon and last through the evening. Snowfall and winds will ease overnight.

Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero. Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

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A mix of precipitation, including a risk of freezing rain, will move into west-central and northern grainbelt areas, including Saskatoon and North Battleford, overnight and into Saturday morning. By Saturday afternoon, heavy, wet snow will begin to fall and northwest winds gusting up to 80 km/h will develop. As a result, significantly reduced visibility in blowing snow is forecast during the afternoon and into Sunday morning.

Conditions will improve overnight on Saturday in the west and on Sunday in the east.

Please refer to your local forecast for specific details on the timing of precipitation and amounts expected for your region.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.

Winter storm warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

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