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Prairies getting colder, but no frost yet

(Resource News International) — Colder overnight temperatures are
becoming more normal in Western Canada as the growing season
draws to a close.

Yet although temperatures just above the freezing mark
were reported in northern Saskatchewan over the weekend,
widespread frost damage was unlikely, according to a Canadian
Wheat Board official.

Bruce Burnett, director of weather and market analysis with
the CWB, said weather stations in north-central Saskatchewan
recorded temperatures of 2°C or less over the
weekend. He said there were no official readings of freezing
temperatures, but thought localized frost damage in low-lying
areas was possible.

Apart from north-central Saskatchewan, the
lowest overnight temperatures across the rest of the Prairies
were in the 4°C range.

Burnett said
temperatures would need to be considerably lower before becoming
a problem in terms of frost damage.

While there has yet to be a widespread frost in western
Canada, and there is no risk of frost in the nearby forecasts,
Burnett thought the chances are increasing.

“It’s the time of
year when you do tend to see frost every now and then,” he said.

“Just as long as we get through this week and see some
temperatures that are reasonable, which looks like the case,
we’re going to be all right from a frost point of view,”
Burnett said.

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