As I have been hinting at over the past few weeks, a significant warm-up will begin across the southern Prairie region tomorrow (Thursday) and will persist into the first half of the weekend before a turn to colder weather later Sunday and early next week.
Obviously, the good news for most across this region is that it will actually feel like real spring for a change with temperatures in the mid to upper teens C in many areas Thursday then near 20 C Friday and Saturday.
The bad news is that there is a lot of snow on the ground in many areas which is going to start melting in a hurry the next few days. With a frozen ground, this water will just run off into the streams and rivers, leading to a steady rise and flood threat.
Major rivers from Alberta to Saskatchewan
Latest observed snow cover (cm) across the Prairies.
Where soil moisture is running unusually high according to EC and the CPC.
The other major issue is the spring planting (see below).
Luckily, we do not see any major rainfall with this warm-up.
Percentage of normal precipitation over the past 60 days.
This warm-up will get erased by a sharp cold front sweeping south during Sunday and this will bring temperatures back to normal and slightly below the first half of next week before another warm-up begins the second half of next week. Letter from west-central Saskatchewan....
By the way, I received a letter from one of my readers in west-central Saskatchewan describing the situation for farmers in that area.
He talks about how the farmers are getting quite worried, as there is still deep snow in the fields and typical seeding usually begins in early May. Clearly, that will not be the case this year as the fields will no doubt be too wet (melted snow/ice) for planting right into early May.
He predicts that there will be a lot of early maturing crops that will be planted this year instead of the regular ones.
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Major thaw for the East later next week, but winter may make a comeback toward the end of the month and into early February.
The weather pattern will undergo a significant change across Canada and the U.S. by next week.
The storm that will bring a rare, heavy snowfall to the Carolinas and Virginia tonight into early Saturday will intensify as it moves out over the Atlantic waters on Saturday. This will set the stage for a quick-hitting snowstorm centered over Nova Scotia later Saturday into early Sunday.
Major winter storm to impact eastern Quebec and northern New Brunswick late Thursday through midday Friday.
A major storm could bring heavy snow and strong winds to southern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario late Sunday and early Monday.