Below normal levels for Spring runoff is the early prediction from the Water Security Agency for most of the province.
Patrick Boyle a Spokesperson with the Water Security Agency said, while the outlook can still change, right now their forecast is due to things like below normal snow pack across Saskatchewan.
“Below normal snowfall is resulting in below normal runoff potential for most of the province, and Regina would be included in that area. Most places saw their snow pack almost completely melt in January due to the above to well above normal temperatures,” Boyle said in a phone interview with 620 CKRM.
Boyle added the exception to that is the extreme southeast portions of the province, who will see above to well above normal runoff levels.
“However we are looking at an above normal runoff in the lower Souris River Basin below Rafferty and Alameda Dams including the Antler River, Gainsborough Creek and Lightning Creek basins. It’s predominately due to a number of years of above normal precipitation and they’ve had a lot more snow in the southeast corner as well, and a lot of people could tell you that right away,” said Boyle.
Changes are always possible to this outlook as it is just a preliminary prediction made up from historical data taken from similar years to 2017.
“Certainly we’ve seen a snowfall in late April before, so a lot of things can change. We could get a rash of hot weather as well, it just depends, every year every situation is different,” Boyle also said.
The Water Security Agency will release the 2017 Spring Runoff Forecast in March.