To those who regularly check the forecast or listened to the radio Friday when Environment Canada issued their special weather statement this latest snow storm was no surprise. 

However, the moisture was an odd sight from what Moose Jaw and area residents have been used to especially in recent weeks. 

"It was a low-pressure system that moved from Alberta, it gave them quite the run for their money there on Saturday then it quickly moved into southern Saskatchewan," explained Meteorologist with Environment and Climate change Canada, Terri Lang. "We saw things such as lightning strikes and some rainfall ahead of the snowfall that came. It changed over to snow overnight Saturday into Sunday and lots of snow fell in the southwest corner."

Lang also noted that areas like Saskatoon and North Battleford didn't see a drop of snow or rainfall during the storm and looking at satellite images there's a perfect line separating the communities who did see moisture to those who didn't. 

Despite having an extremely dry 2018 and not seeing much snow into 2019, Lang added that spring storms happen annually and said we usually can't make it through April without a storm in southern Saskatchewan. 

"We get at least one of these every year, this was the one that came through... it was well forecast ahead of time it's just one of those things that happen. We tend to get our heaviest snowfalls in the springtime and in the fall not in the winter as some people believe. There's more available moisture in the atmosphere and more available energy in the atmosphere as well," said Lang.

Typically our area experiences warmer conditions throughout the month of April and into the month of May but Lang said it shouldn't be too long before we warm up again. 

"The thirty-year average highs for this time of year are highs around 16 (degrees) and lows around plus 2. We know we're running a bit cooler than that, we should slowly warm up to seasonal averages towards the end of the week but we're not quite into the hot stuff again yet."

Lang said based on numerous reports they're guessing Moose Jaw and area received 4-5 cm of snow and their resources indicate 8.2 millimetres of moisture.

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