This winter's snowfall has been keeping grader operators and plows busier than usual, including in the R.M. of Weyburn.

Reeve Norm McFadden said while the snow is likely to be of benefit to ag producers in the area, it has been challenging for crews to keep up.

"I keep saying, we'll never complain about moving snow, but it's easier said than done sometimes, and with the wind we had before Christmas, it was a challenge keeping up for sure," he commented. 

"You can't be everywhere at once and everybody's pretty patient out there. They understand that the grader will be by sooner or later. It's been all right." 

Snow removal

He said there are some other positives when nature dumps a lot of snow.

"The local contractors for snow removal, I mean, we've had a number of winters where they weren't very busy, and now you get a year like this and they're finally being able to recoup some of those losses they've had in the past," said McFadden. "So that's a positive of the snow. Nobody likes moving it, but it has to be done."

He said the R.M. has a full-time grader operator and a full-time snow blower, and when they get too busy, they have a part-time guy they call in, and they have a contractor they can call in if they still need more help. The R.M. is not responsible for clearing Highway 13 or Highway 39.

"The years just seem to go by quicker and quicker every time, so in a blink of an eye will be swatting mosquitoes, and plus 30 degrees out and the snow will be a forgotten thing."