The upcoming winter in Saskatchewan might not be filled with as much doom and gloom as originally predicted.
“It’s not going to be the horror story that a lot of forecasters have suggested it’s going to be,” Environment Canada’s David Phillips told the 980 CJME Morning Show Friday.
“La Niña is there. It’s weak, but I think it’s going to be a little bit of everything.”
Phillips noted the newest winter forecast is predicting the season will start off with mild temperatures before giving way to frigid ones to end it off. But even that’s not a guarantee.
“We’re calling for it to be maybe near normal, it’s more uncertain, it could go either way.”
Saskatchewan received snowfall to start off November, but warm temperatures have quickly melted what accumulated in Regina.
Phillips said getting some snow this year might not be the worst thing.
“The last 12 months have been the driest on record in Regina and that’s not good for growers,” Phillips said. “You need some of that snow to add to the moisture totals in the spring time.”
In Saskatoon, there are still snow-covered lawns and residential streets.
As for Dec. 25, Phillips said the temperature will drop a week before the big day, which will almost guarantee a white Christmas.