Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency (WSA) recently released an updated spring runoff forecast for 2019 and from the looks of it, conditions have slightly improved in the region.
It seems much of the province is still expecting below average runoff potential after seeing a lack of significant snowfall throughout the bulk of the winter months, though above normal snowfall in February has increased the runoff potential for many areas of the province.
While the WSA is still forecasting below average runoff potential for much of the West Central Region, conditions for much of the southern part of the province have improved to the point where near normal runoff potential is expected.
"The WSA is generally expecting below normal snowmelt runoff in the far north, near normal snowmelt runoff over central areas of the province, and below normal snowmelt runoff over much of southern Saskatchewan." A statement from the agency said.
There is an area extending from the upper end of Lake Diefenbaker east toward Leross where well below normal snowmelt runoff is expected. This area was quite dry in 2018 and the snowpack is below normal. The WSA says some agricultural water supply issues could be present within this area in 2019 if conditions do not improve.
The agency says the runoff potential could still change as there is potentially six weeks of winter weather remaining. However, based on current conditions, it would take well above normal amounts of snowfall in March to give rise to flooding concerns over most of the province.
The WSA will issue another forecast in early April if the spring runoff is not yet underway.