For Lloydminster and area, preliminary findings are forecasting a near normal runoff this spring. The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency has released its preliminary report and officials say they will add to this prediction as they are conducting snowpack surveys later this month.
As farmers speculate on whether the runoff will favour a top up in surface water, officials note, the spring runoff will depend on things like soil moisture at freeze-up, precipitation over the season, and the speed of melt.
If there is a rapid melt one can expect to see greater runoff as snowmelt tends to run off of fields and into the rivers, lakes, and water courses. With a slower melt, the tendency is that the snow water goes into the soil to help recharge soil moisture levels, says the water agency.
More updates will be forthcoming in the coming weeks. The Preliminary Runoff Outlook Report may be viewed using this link.