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Runoff report expects average for Lloydminster area in first season prediction

The Saskatchewan Water Agency says Lloydminster is predicted to see about the same runoff as usual when the snow melts.

Areas of central and northern Saskatchewan, which is made up of Lloydminster, Kindersley, Meadow Lake and Nipawin, are expected to see the same amount of water runoff when the snow melts than usual.

While there was drier than usual conditions over the fall, above-average snowfall, including a heavy one in November, have been compensating factors.

The North Battleford area is predicted to see lower than average runoff season, along with areas like Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Melfort Maple Creek and Val Marie, is expecting a below normal runoff.

For  Moose Jaw, Regina, Weyburn and Estevan it’s looking like there will be a well below normal runoff.

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The far southwest corner of the province, from Cypress Hills to the US border, is also expected to experience a near-normal runoff.

The far north, made up of areas like Uranium City, Stony Rapids and Cluff Lake, saw extreme wet conditions and has had historically high lake and river levels through summer 2020.

There are indications that the snowpack is near normal, though data is limited, the WSA says. An above-normal runoff is expected.

The WSA also notes that there is potentially another 8-10 weeks of winter remaining, and the first spring runoff forecast will come early in March.

The anticipated runoff when the snow melts this year. [WSA, supplied.]
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