Winter weather isn’t quite finished with the Lloydminster area yet. Environment and Climate Change Canada is predicting periods of mixed rain and snow this weekend, similar to snow found in other parts of the prairies.
Weather forecasts across Alberta and Saskatchewan are predicting some rain and snow in the near future. Though we often expect it to be springtime already, that’s not always the case. Meteorologist Dan Kulak says that while we’re almost into May, there are not many months out of the year where we won’t see snow.
“If you’re going to get a big dump of snow in most parts of central Alberta, it’s not February that you’ll get it. It’s October, November, March, April and May,” says Kulak.
Kulak says that Lloydminster’s average snowfall in April is about 13 cm, and 4 cm in May. The system coming this weekend is part of a trend of bouncing between warm and cool weather. Kulak says the storm track is moving north and south of the city, and while snowfall events become less likely in the season, they become more significant when they happen.
It’s uncertain just where the heaviest precipitation will be and how much we will get. However, it may be equal to 5-10 millimetres of water, and will likely melt very quickly once it hits the ground.