January temps warmer than usual in southern Sask


January weather saw wide fluctuations but overall it was warmer than normal in southern Saskatchewan.

Environment Canada says most centres, including Regina, were 1 to 1.7 degrees above the monthly mean temperature.

Yorkton, La Ronge and Key Lake were about three degrees above normal.

Environment Canada meteorologist Terri Lang says the month of January started warm, had a cold snap to minus 40, and then mild again.

She says January was generally dry in the southern part of the province.

Lang says Regina had about 6 millimeters of precipitation last month, 38 percent of normal and the 29th driest January on record.

Lang says snow cover varies widely, with very little in the southwest but a snowmobiler’s delight towards the northeast as well as Meadow Lake and La Ronge.

She expects a colder than average February.

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