Fluctuating temperatures forecast for spring

Tyler Clarke
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A puddle forms on a downtown Prince Albert street this week as temperatures bumped into the double digits. 

Coming off a “brutally cold” winter, spring temperatures will only arrive in small pockets in the near future, The Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese said.


Although last weekend’s snowstorm has been touted by some as winter’s final strike, Vettese said that more snow is on the way -- albeit, it’ll be quick to melt.

“That’s the nice thing about getting snow at this time of year, is that it doesn’t really stick around,” she noted.

“I would say we’re not completely out of the woods yet, and that actually goes for most Canadians -- any Canadian pretty much east of the Rocky Mountains.”

In the midst of Tuesday’s 14 C weather, Vettese cautioned that the current warm and wet weather system currently moving through Saskatchewan has a cool back end.

Between 10 and 15 millimetres of rain is expected to fall on Wednesday, with temperatures descending through the balance of the week.

Sporadic precipitation will continue as temperatures descend, resulting in a bit of snow.

“We’re not looking at a lot of snow, but maybe a dusting of a centimetre or two as (the weather system) moves out,” she said.

“We should see some bit of spring-like weather, but there’s still a lot of cold air hanging around the country, so we will feel these below seasonal temperatures throughout the remainder of April.

“There is still some cold air to work through, unfortunately, and it’ll be making a guest appearance from time to time.”

I would say we’re not completely out of the woods yet, and that actually goes for most Canadians -- any Canadian pretty much east of the Rocky Mountains. Dayna Vettese

As Tuesday showed, not every day will be cold, but spring taken as a whole will be unseasonably cold.

“It won’t be cold all the time, like this winter was, but we will be dealing with some nagging cold,” Vettese concluded.

The “nagging cold” might have spared the city of more water main breaks, with spring warming up slowly enough to have not shocked the system, public works director Colin Innes said.

Although there is still the sporadic water main issue, the number of repairs responded to appears to have tapered down.

“I’d better knock on wood, here, to make sure I don’t have more issues, but I think that we’re probably sitting in not too bad of a spot,” he said.

With snowfall pretty well done for the season, city crews are moving on to street sweeping, pothole-filling and crack-sealing efforts, Innes said.

A challenge will be keeping storm drains clear for runoff to flow into -- particularly this year, with rainfall compounding the spring runoff.

Vettese said that while this week’s inclement weather isn’t too serious, classifying it as “a nice spring storm,” it “isn’t exactly the best news for some people looking at the spring runoff flooding.”

Geographic location: Rocky Mountains, Saskatchewan

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