Mild Prairie temperatures not expected to last

CNS Canada — Despite recent mild temperatures that are forecast to hang around the Canadian Prairies for the next week, a weather expert says a colder bias will return during the latter stages of the month.

“It will take a while for it to come back, but it will come back,” said Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc. in Kansas City.

Warm temperatures over the next 10 days will likely melt some snow and warm a few pockets of ground that are already snow-free, he agreed.

However, he warned, the current temperatures aren’t the beginning of the spring season, and the flow pattern should bring more shots of cold air eventually.

The warm air is encouraging, he said, but producers should take care not to get caught too early.

“I think it’s really important that they keep their eyes on their last frost-freeze dates because I think there is a potential for some late-season frost and freeze dates this year,” said Lerner.

Already, the spring of 2015 is shaping up to be a much drier affair than last year’s, with minimal precipitation in recent weeks.

“At some point down the road we’re going to need some moisture,” said Lerner.

Fortunately, he noted, the water table is quite high right now, which should alleviate any major worries.

“There should be sufficient moisture around; no need for concerns right off the bat,” he said, adding Manitoba is currently the driest province on the Prairies.

— Dave Sims writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.

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