Southeast Saskatchewan got hammered by a blizzard on the weekend.
While there are a number of very high drifts, including some that were posted to social media that covered up entire doors, or were up to rooftops in some cases, the actual amount of snow we saw in the Weyburn area was much less than that.
“Based on the volunteer observations that we have and looking at radar, it looks like it was anywhere from about 20 to 25 centimetres of snow,” said Terri Lang, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada.
She pointed out that while some people may think we received a lot more snow because of the size of the drifts, those were caused entirely by the wind moving snow that fell elsewhere, and then piling up against various windbreaks.
The winds whipped upwards of 80 kilometres an hour at times during the height of the blizzard, which greatly reduced visibility not only on the highways but within the City of Weyburn as well.
After the system passed over, there was a bit of a colder spell, but Lang said we could see some above-average temperatures this week.
“We’re getting more warmth from the south so those really deep Arctic temperatures are very hard to get at this time of year,” she said. However, it doesn’t mean that we are out of the woods yet, especially when it comes to the snow.
March and April are traditionally the months that see the greatest snowfall accumulation in the Weyburn area. This is in part due to the warmer temperatures, which can hold a lot more moisture than when the mercury dips down to -20°. We could even see more precipitation before we get to the end of the week, as well.
“We’re keeping an eye on one weather system that’s moving through Montana, or a similar path to what we had this past weekend, that may bring some snow,” Lang forecasted. “However, we are seeing some of the weather models are starting to bring it a little farther south.”
The forecast currently does show a chance of some snow falling in the region as early as Thursday.