Northern Saskatchewan should not experience any major flooding this spring, according to the Water Security Agency (WSA).
The WSA's preliminary outlook for 2018 is forecasting normal spring runoff for Prince Albert and areas north. Executive Director Patrick Boyle said compared to other parts of the province, the Prince Albert area had more precipation during the summer and Fall months in 2017.
"Looking at those conditions going forward, combined with the amount of snowfall and precipitation we've had so far this year, we are looking at a near normal situation as it stands," Boyle said
Meadow Lake and the Upper Churchill River Basin appear to be the only exception to the northern forecast as the region had extremely high rainfall last year which created a wetter than normal landscape at freeze-up. This area is expected to experience normal to slightly above normal runoff.
Boyle cautioned runoff could still change as there is potentially another eight to 10 weeks of winter remaining.
"A lot of people don't like hearing that but that is the reality as a little less than half of our winter precipitation is still yet to come," he said.
However, with dry fall conditions and below average winter precipitation to date, Boyle said it would take well above average precipitation in February, March and April to produce an above average spring runoff within southern areas of the province.
The WSA will issue its next forecast in March.
On Twitter: @princealbertNOW
Special Olympics bring special memories to Winter Games
Medals may be on the line but to the athletes competing in the Sask. Winter Games Special Olympics...
READ MORE +
Canadian Challenge mushers reach Stanley Mission checkpoint
The seven mushers remaining in the Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race have passed the La Ronge...
READ MORE +
P.A. flu cases at 158; most not vaccinated
Sixty-three per cent of people with lab-confirmed influenza in the Prince Albert area were not...
READ MORE +
Join the Discussion
paNOW is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules: Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. See full commenting rules.