Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wet Fall Means More Chance of Spring Flooding in Saskatchewan: Forecast

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wet Fall Means More Chance of Spring Flooding in Saskatchewan: Forecast

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Wet fall means more spring runoff: forecast

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REGINA - Flood forecasters say Saskatchewan could be in for an above-average spring runoff thanks to a wet fall.

The province's Water Security Agency has released its report on conditions going into the winter freeze-up.

The agency says soil moisture levels were at or near capacity at the end of November across the province.

It notes that Moose Jaw saw the highest precipitation ever recorded for the month of October.

The agency says if there is an average snowpack and spring melt, most parts of Saskatchewan will see a high spring runoff.

It says current predictions suggest normal precipitation between December and the end of February.

"However, there are no long-range precipitation forecasts with appreciable reliability, and the effects of climate cycles on mid-continental precipitation is complex, variable, and inconsistent," the agency said in its 2016 Conditions at Freeze-Up Report. …

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