After snow on Tuesday, many people across the province are likely hoping they have seen the last of winter.
Regina escaped the worst of the snow — not getting nearly as much as the original forecast called for earlier in the week. After light flurries in the evening, most of the snow melted away quickly because the temperature didn’t drop below zero.
Environment Canada’s John Paul Cragg explained there was a band of heavy snow that came with this weather system, but the heaviest snowfall was west of Regina.
As much as most people are desperately seeking spring, Cragg admits it’s a gamble to ever say winter is over.
“Given that we’re living in Saskatchewan, it’s a dangerous thing to ever declare that winter is over,” Cragg commented.
“Once we get to the end of April, chances are very slim of the really cold air returning and big snowfalls, but it’s still a possibility and there’s still a chance of seeing snow into May in the Regina and through Saskatchewan generally. So winter isn’t necessarily over, the chances of seeing it are a lot lower.”
It really was a harsh start to the month, with the first seven days of April being the coldest in the history books, with cold weather records for the month that date back well over 100 years.
In the next two weeks, Cragg said the weather models are finally showing a warm up.
“Temperatures have started to rebound a little bit through the second week of April, however, we still haven’t made it to those average temperatures,” Cragg said, explaining the normal average temperatures for this time of year should be a high of 13 C and a low of -1 C.
There is good news in store for people hoping to get outside on the weekend, with a forecast calling for a high of 15 C on Saturday.