A "sluggish start to the spring"

Lisa Goudy
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Expect the snow to say around for the next few weeks, according to The Weather Network. Warmer temperatures this weekend are expected to melt a little snow.

With the exception of this weekend and next week, March is expected to be a bit cooler than normal.

“It does look like we will have a bit of a warm-up towards the weekend, which is good news since we’ve been so chilly lately,” said Dayna Vettese, meteorologist with The Weather Network. “So we’ll have a bit of a warm-up for the weekend and next week. For the remainder of March it does look a little bit on the cool side, but we will be hovering closer to 0 Celsius, not really that -20 C that we’ve been experiencing.”

She said normal daytime highs for March are 2 C or 3 C and so far, the Moose Jaw area has been “well below that.”

Over the next few weeks, temperatures are expected to be near 0 C.

“A couple of colder days aren’t out of the question, but it looks like the really deep cold for the most part is over,” said Vettese. “We’ll still see chilly temperatures, but we should come up closer to normal than we have been.”

However, warmer temperatures are on the way for April.

“So it’ll start to feel a little more spring-like coming into April and then in May ... spring,” said Vettese. “It’s certainly more of a sluggish start to the spring, but we should see that weather for the beginning of April.”

While temperatures are expected to be normal in April, further north in the province, the colder air will continue longer.

“Areas like southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan should be influenced a little bit by that warmer, Pacific air that should make it over the Rockies,” said Vettese.

In terms of precipitation, southern Saskatchewan is likely to have “near normal conditions,” she said.

“We have been a little bit on the dry side with respect to overall precipitation, but overall we’ve seen pretty much near normal snow conditions for December, January and February,” said Vettese. “We’re expecting for the spring months the precipitation to be near normal.”

Between December and February, the normal snowfall is between 50 and 55 centimeters of snow, which is what the area received. Spring precipitation for March, April and May is normally between 60 and 70 millimeters of rain.

However, the snowfall for March is likely not over yet.

“It does look like we could see a couple more weaker systems,” said Vettese. “Over the next week there’s a couple little weak systems that could maybe drop a centimeter or two, but mainly the focus for the next week is going to be any blowing snow.

“So it’s going to be a bit breezy and a bit gusty over the next week.”

As for the snow, it’ll probably stay around for a few more weeks. Warmer temperatures this weekend will “slowly eat away at the snowpack,” she said.

“We are gaining more daylight as the days go on as we approach the spring equinox. So we’re going to continue to get that higher sun angle that will start to melt some of that snow.”

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.


Organizations: The Weather Network

Geographic location: Southern Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw, Southern Alberta

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