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Cold spring weather expected for Prairies

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Fresh snowfall in Winnipeg's Fort Rouge area on April 8, 2020. (GFM Staff)

MarketsFarm — Temperatures in the Prairie provinces are expected to be colder than average this spring.

“There’s no indication that temperatures will be above normal,” said Bruce Burnett, director of markets and weather for MarketsFarm in Winnipeg.

Low temperatures will likely cause issues for seeding in areas of the Prairies that have received late-spring snowstorms.

“That will cause problems with things drying up; it’ll really slow that down,” he said, mentioning there are still five million tonnes of last year’s canola to be harvested this spring.

Ideally, he said, we would have liked to see some warmer, drier conditions this spring, particularly in the northern and eastern regions of the Prairies.

“But we’re in a pattern where we’re getting snow, and it’s not warming up quickly, so that’s going to delay things.”

A newsletter from Weatherlogics also predicted eastern regions of the Prairies to remain snowy and cold, with western regions tending to be drier.

— Marlo Glass reports for MarketsFarm from Winnipeg.

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