The Saskatchewan Water Safety Company is tentatively projecting a under regular spring runoff for a lot of the southern a part of the province, however above regular for the extra central areas.
The under regular runoff outlook for the south displays very dry situations via the summer season and into fall final 12 months. The exception is an space simply east of Moose Jaw via Weyburn, Indian Head and Regina, the place wetter fall situations and close to regular snowfall imply the potential for a close to regular snowmelt.
Nonetheless, the company’s preliminary spring runoff outlook, launched Tuesday, notes the precise soften charge continues to be anticipated to have a major impression on runoff yields throughout the south.
With subsoil moisture within the south largely depleted following final summer season’s drought, a sluggish soften will probably consequence within the bulk of the snowpack recharging the soil column, the report mentioned. Alternatively, a speedy soften would possibly end in an enchancment to floor water provides. “The present snowpack just isn’t adequate to fulfill each,” it mentioned. “With out extra snowfall, floor water provide points are more likely to happen in southwestern Saskatchewan in 2022.”
In distinction to the south, the snowpack is mostly above to effectively above regular thus far within the central areas. However regardless of the anticipated above regular runoff, precise flooding continues to be not anticipated, the report mentioned.
The far north, encompassing the areas of Uranium Metropolis, Stony Rapids and Cluff Lake is anticipated to expertise a close to regular runoff occasion.
The report warned the spring runoff outlook might change as there may be doubtlessly one other eight to 10 weeks of winter remaining.