Snow forecast for higher elevations in southern Sask, Alta.

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MAPLE CREEK, Sask. - People heading out camping this weekend in Saskatchewan's Cypress Hills or Alberta's Waterton Park should pack their winter boots and coats.
A snowfall warning has been issued for the Shaunavon-Maple Creek-Val Marie-Cypress Hills region, specifically, for the higher elevations.
"We're sort of a bulletin board these days; we're getting darts thrown at us," says Bill McMurtry, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, about a weather pattern that has forced temperatures below normal in five of the last six months.
McMurtry says the high elevations in the Cypress Hills of southwestern Saskatchewan could get 10 to 20 centimetres of snow starting Friday night and into Saturday,
The Waterton park area of southwestern Alberta could see double that, he added.
"There's quite an active low pressure system that's moving through Idaho and Montana right now," explains McMurtry, "and it's combining with some very cold air that's moving from Alberta and northern portions of Saskatchewan."
Frost warnings are also out for several regions in east-central Saskatchewan.
Early Friday morning, Regina and Saskatoon were among ten communities that set new record lows.
In Manitoba, residents of Gillam woke up to snow covering the ground and their vehicles.
McMurtry says it will remain unseasonably cold for the rest of the weekend.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Alberta, MAPLE CREEK Waterton Park Southwestern Saskatchewan Idaho Montana East-central Saskatchewan Saskatoon Manitoba Gillam

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