This winter has been eerily similar to last winter, with many areas being locked into snow and below-average temperatures since early November.
The heaviest snowpack exists in north central and western portions of the province, where winter precipitation has reached above 200 per cent of normal and some areas have received 2-3 feet of snow since November 1. However, central and southern Saskatchewan
has received below-average snowfall. Recently, extremely high winds — exceeding 100 km/hour in some areas — have blown snow off open fields and into drifts in fence lines, shelterbelts and wetlands.
The first above-freezing temperatures of the winter occurred in late January, and resulted in some thawing and settling of the snowpack.
Most of the province, except the extreme southeast, had a dry fall before the snow fell in November. Taking into account last fall's wetland conditions and frost seal, as well as current snowpack conditions, most areas will likely have good to very good spring habitat conditions.