Winter in Saskatchewan generally has three components, but rarely do we ever get all three at once: wind, snow, and bitter cold. We can generally expect to see two of the three at any point in time. During the month of December, particularly the week before Christmas, we happened to get all three.
The wintry conditions helped to increase the amount of snow on the ground to a point not seen in December in more than a decade, and more than we have seen in recent years.
According to data from Environment Canada, the snow depth in Weyburn on December 31st was 23 centimetres. This was the deepest snow seen, outside of drifts, in the month of December since 2012, the snow depth measured up to 26 centimetres. It was also nearly double the snow depth at the end of 2021, and quite a bit deeper than the two centimetres reported in 2020.
The temperatures also widely varied throughout the month, from a bone-chilling –39.6° back on December 7th, to a very mild 5.1° on December 27th.
December was also quite windy in Weyburn, with gusts in excess of 30 kilometres an hour being recorded on 24 of the 31 days, and in excess of 50 kilometres an hour on seven of those days.
After a cold, snowy and blustery December, what does January have in store for the Opportunity City?
The forecast for the first few days is a bit above seasonal, with daytime highs getting in the single digits below freezing. The average daytime high for this time of year is -10°.
However, this is Saskatchewan. The forecast could change at the drop of a hat.