It’s not like this hasn’t happened before in southern Saskatchewan – snow at the end of April.
In fact, back in 1923, almost 9 cm, or 3.5 inches, of the white stuff came down.
The most snow on the ground recorded on this day was in 1959. Then about 10cm or 4 inches was recorded.
Justin Schaer with Environment Canada says a “burst” of colder temperatures is the reason for all this snow.
“We have a frontal system that’s actually just south of the international border,” said Schaer. “There’s just been a little impulse that’s been riding along and spreading snow to most of southern Saskatchewan. Most of the accumulations have been in the 2 to 5 cm range.
Environment Canada says this system will be short-lived and because the temperatures recently have been so mild, the snow isn’t likely to stick.
And Schaer says seeing snow at this time of the year is not unusual.
“Absolutely. This is not out of the ordinary,” said Schaer. “And in fact, towards the southeast of Manitoba today, there is a snowfall warning. So southern prairies, end of April, getting some snow is not out of the question.”
Look for a daytime high on Monday to reach about 0C.
In the meantime, Highway Hotline says roads and highways in southern Saskatchewan will have snow accumulation Monday morning.
The ministry says motorists are advised to use extra caution Monday as snow will cause difficult driving conditions at times. Also, when the snow melts later, drivers will be dealing with wet conditions which also could make highway travel difficult.