You’re hot and you’re cold
Warmth and wind warnings across south Saskatchewan
If the weather were to continue this way, we would see some savings in the budget.
People in southern Saskatchewan were working to hold onto their hats Monday morning. Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a wind warning for southern parts of the province, while parts of the north were under a snow fall warning. This comes as southern Saskatchewan has been experiencing some warm temperatures.
Municipal operations manager Darrin Stephanson said the weather has not changed how the city is doing maintenance in a major way.
“It’s a slow melt, so that doesn’t create too many challenges for us,” he said.
Stephanson said that they were making sure to keep an eye on 20 areas of the city that are more prone to localized flooding. He added that they could be seeing some problems when temperatures drop.
“The hovering around zero and getting moisture, I guess would typically become problematic for us when we get freezing rain and stuff,” he said.
Stephanson said it was hard to say if the city would realize any major savings from not having to run the plows.
“If the weather were to continue this way, we would see some savings in the budget,” he said.
The current weather conditions can be hard on the city’s road as the changing conditions can exacerbate issues like potholes and cause problems for other important infrastructure.
“It is (problematic), and underground as well, anytime you have the freezethaw cycle, expansion, contraction, continually happen,” he said.
Terri Lang, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, said the recent warm conditions are not unusual.
“It’s certainly not out of the ordinary, we do have mild portions … especially through November, where we’re battling the cold versus the warm,” she said.
According to Lang, this means that conditions can range from temperatures being as warm as 9 C to very cold, at -32 C. Lang added that the weather people experience in their region can be affected by one major factor.
“Depending where the jet stream is at, will determine where your temperature is at, and right now the jet stream is through central Saskatchewan,” she said.
If a location sits on top of where the jet stream is, that area is likely to experience colder conditions, while those sitting directly underneath will more likely get warmer weather. Lang said that people in the southern part of the province will probably be seeing warm weather for at least the rest of the week.
“Looking into the long-range forecasts, it looks like the conditions will last to at least the weekend,” she said.
The jet stream is also playing a role in the windy conditions that were battering parts of the province Monday morning. Environment Canada and Climate Change Canada will issue a wind warning if winds will be getting up to 60 km/h for a sustained period of time, or if winds will get up to 90 km/h during any period.
“When we have a significant low pressure system move through, there’s usually a big change in temperature to the south of it, and the low pressure systems do follow along the jet stream, that’s why we tend to get these strong winds in the south as these systems move through,” Lang said.
In most cases involving extreme winds, the conditions will not last long as the gusts tend to be Alberta clipper winds, which move through quickly. This November has been a bit windier than average. The 30-year average for November has been 17.4 km/h, while this month has seen the average go up to 18.9 km/h.