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Update: Wintery start to the week in Saskatoon

People in Saskatoon were hit with yet another blast of winter on Monday.

The RCMP's Craig Cleary reported that snow and icy conditions had them busy on the highways.

"We as an organization are responding to in excess of 20 accidents, which include vehicles in ditches and jackknifed semis and other types of collisions," he said.

One of thos semis got a little too close for comfort to Chandra McIvor.

She said she was driving in the northbound lane on Highway 11 near Craik when a southbound 18-wheeler  lost control.

Slushy snow creating poor driving conditions

So much for spring. Just a few days away from the start of May, Saskatchewan is getting hit by slushy, snowy weather Monday morning.

The Highway Hotline is reporting winter conditions with icy and slippery conditions across the eastern half of the province. The conditions span from the Moose Jaw area all the way to the Manitoba border. There are also slippery and icy conditions reported on highways around Melfort, Tisdale, Wynyard, Melville, and also in the south east by Estevan and Carlyle.

Snow, rain expected in southeastern Sask. overnight

Areas in Southeast Saskatchewan could be in for a snowy start to the work week.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for all areas east of Regina, north of Moosomin, south of Humboldt and into Manitoba.

It rained in the Regina area throughout most of the day Sunday. And meteorologist Rob Paola said a storm moving in from the US would likely be causing that moisture to freeze into snow overnight.

 “We have some cold air mixing in and that’s going to change that rain into wet snow likely overnight and into Monday morning,” he said.

Spring planting season draws closer at Regina garden centre

After a very long, cold winter, the snow has finally melted away from back yards, but even if you are itching to start a garden it’s better to plan rather than actually plant right now.

Lucille and Alain Bouvier own Plant Ranch in Regina but they don't even open until May 1. The couple grow their plants in a greenhouse and are expecting their first batch to arrive next week.

"We want customers to be happy with their plants and if they plant them now, they're not going to be happy with the result," said Lucille Bouvier.

Rainy conditions to persist in Regina area for a week

In a 180 degree turn from the sunny sky and 20 C of Tuesday, Wednesday started out gloomy and overcast.

If Environment Canada is right, conditions won't be getting any better. High winds and rain are on the menu for Wednesday, with Regina expected to see 2.5 cm (one inch) during the day and another 0.5 to one centimeter overnight.

Meteorologist Natalie Hasell explained that we're lucky it's just going to be rain.

Temperature in Regina reaches 20 degrees for first time in 2014

After a brutal winter, people in Regina are jumping at the chance to get outside. The weather on Tuesday made that not only easy for people, but their dogs too, as temperatures reached 20 degrees for the first time in 2014.

As the afternoon went on, dogs of all sizes started showing up, filling the dog park just off 13th Avenue.

"(I) just took Shiloh out for a little romp in the park. It's a little windy but it's beautiful weather," said Ryan Campion.

U of R researchers talk climate change on Earth Day

To mark Earth Day this year, researchers at the University of Regina are highlighting how people on the prairies can adapt to climate change.

Dr. Dave Sauchyn is co-director of the Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Extremes in the Americas project (VACEA). The $2.5 million research project compares how rural communities in Saskatchewan, Alberta and South American countries are coping with extreme weather patterns. It is one of five federally funded climate change projects in the country and the only one based in western Canada.

Cool, wet spring in Saskatchewan delays seeding by at least a week

The cool and wet start to April in Saskatchewan has delayed seeding for at least a week and probably more if the forecast holds.

Brent Flaten is with Saskatchewan Agriculture, he points out producers are pretty used to delays due to the weather. In perfect conditions farmers in southwest Saskatchewan can sometimes start seeding in the last week of April, while other areas aren’t normally ready until the middle of May.

“We’re playing the wait and see game same as everybody else with the weather,” Flaten commented.

Regina golf courses opening this week

After a brutally cold winter, golfers anxious to get out on the course won’t have to wait much longer.

Final preparations on courses around Regina are happening over the next few days, including at the Royal Regina Golf Club. General Manager Archie Cameron said tarps are coming off the greens and debris is being picked up off fairways. By Wednesday the driving range there will be open and Cameron guessed the full 18 holes at the course will be open on Friday.

“We’re a month ahead of schedule compared to last year,” he explained.

First 24-hour period without freezing temps. in 6 months

It’s the first 24-hour period in over six months the temperature will not drop below freezing in Saskatchewan.

However you may want to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts because snow is in the forecast for later this week.

“Thursday temperatures will drop to where you might get 12 degrees below normal and all the white stuff. It won’t be cherry blossoms that you are seeing, it will be the white stuff,” David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada said on John Gormley Live.

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