Saskatchewan is known as the land of living skies, and those skies unleashed an early fall snowstorm for the beginning of October.
The southwest corner of the province received a fresh blanket of snow on Monday and Tuesday. Cypress Hills had 50 centimetres of snow left on the ground Tuesday morning.
David Phillips, Environment Canada senior climatologist, said it was a bit of a surprise to get snow this early, but October storms certainly aren’t unheard of.
“These kind of pre-Thanksgiving day storms are not rare in the western prairies,” Phillips told the 980 CJME Morning Show on Tuesday.
Alberta was hit with quite a bit of snow on Monday from the same storm system.
Meanwhile, people in Regina are dealing with another form of precipitation to begin the month.
“You got more rain in the last two days than you had in the previous 100 days,” Phillips said.
He added that the snow and rain shouldn’t mean that Saskatchewan people should pack away their golf clubs for the year quite yet.
Phillips said that the rain clouds should start to disappear after Tuesday and temperatures are expected to increase as well.
He said that while the Thanksgiving weekend might be a bit cooler, the temperature shouldn’t reach frost territory.
As for the rest of fall, Phillips said it’s looking like it’s going to be warmer than usual.
“Not July warmth, but certainly we think that’s the trend over the next couple of weeks.”