Water Security Agency points to dry soil conditions at freeze-up

The Water Security Agency says most of the grainbelt has entered the winter drier than normal.

The freeze-up report says the area east of Gravelbourg and south of Yorkton have severe dry conditions.

Exceptions are the extreme southwest and northern portions of the grainbelt where conditions are near normal.

Some smaller water reservoirs and dugouts have diminished supply and quality.

Over southern areas, above normal snowfall will likely be needed to result in sufficient runoff to replenish surface water supplies next spring.

Current long-range forecasts suggest above normal precipitation and below normal temperature over the winter months in Saskatchewan.

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