Saskatchewan early forecast for spring runoff
By Top Crop Manager
Feb. 13, 2014 - Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency predicts an above normal runoff is expected for the Saskatoon, North Battleford and Prince Albert regions. The rest of the province is projecting to be near normal this spring.
"Although most of the province is looking at a near normal situation, the Saskatoon, North Battleford and Prince Albert regions could again be facing some significant challenges with the threat of higher than normal water levels," Minister responsible for Water Security Agency Ken Cheveldayoff said.
Overall, winter precipitation ranges from below average in the southeast to well above average in the Prince Albert region. Fall precipitation in the 30 days before freeze-up was generally below normal with the exception of central Saskatchewan, which was above normal.
The February runoff forecast is based on limited precipitation data and should be used as a general guide for large areas. Local conditions may vary significantly. Above normal precipitation prior to spring runoff and/or a fast melt could result in higher flows and significantly alter the forecast. A more detailed runoff forecast will be prepared in early March and April.