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100 km/hour winds leave trail of damage but fall short of records

Gale force wind gusts reached more than 100 kilometres an hour in some parts of the province on Wednesday but they fell short of records in Saskatoon and Regina.

PHOTOS: Wind gusts continue to hammer Saskatoon

High winds caused widespread power outages across the city on Wednesday.

The winds were also responsible for downing tree branches, bending a temporary cell tower and tearing a portion of roof off a housing complex in the Stonebridge Bridge neighbourhood.

Downtown, police say they’re lucky no one was walking in the area when an 8th floor window came loose and smashed into the sidewalk along 22nd Street between 4th and 5th Avenue.

Cranes shut down in high winds

Crane operators in Saskatchewan were pulled from jobs Wednesday as wind gusts reached more than 100 kilometres an hour.

Matthew Hnatuk, general manager of Prairie Cranes in Saskatoon, said he was supposed to have people out doing cellphone tower maintenance.

"We had two jobs where we had to put men up in man baskets with the cranes about 130 feet in the air. We had to shut those down," he said.

The maximum wind speed Hnatuk's cranes work in is 20 miles an hour or 32 kilometres an hour.

PHOTOS:Gale force winds hit South Saskatchewan Wednesday

Saskatchewanians will have to hold onto their hats Wednesday, or they'll blow away. As of 4:00 a.m. Environment Canada has issued several wind warnings for most of the south and central parts of the province.

"We're going to be looking at gusts up to about 100 kilometres in the warning area over the course of the day today," said John Paul Cragg, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada.

Freezing rain warnings ended

Freezing rain warnings have ended in Saskatchewan after most of the southwest corner of the province was expected to see some.

"Places like Swift Current and Kindersley that are hovering very close to the zero mark, there's a good chance of freezing rain occurring in patches,"  John Paul Cragg, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, said Monday morning.

Temps. drop in Regina, but not too low and not for long

Southern Saskatchewan will be seeing a slight dip into colder temperatures as a cold front wafts through the province. But for once the Environment Canada weather office has some good news: it’s not going to be that bad.

“Even with the cold front passage, we’re not going to be plunged deep into that Arctic air like we were before,” said meteorologist Dave Carlsen. “It’s going to cool down a little bit but no need to worry about it going back into the deep freeze any time soon.”

Fog making driving tough east of Regina

The Saskatchewan Highway Hotline says fog is causing problems on highways east of Regina.

On Highways 1 and 46 near Balgonie and 33 heading to Kroneau, visibility is near zero.

“We don’t have travel not recommended out, so you can still travel but with your own precautions,” said Erica Gudnason with the Highway Hotline.

Other areas have some icy conditions or pavement frost.

For up-to-date road conditions click here.

S. Sask fog prompts warnings from highways ministry

As a deep fog settles into southern Saskatchewan, the Minstry of Highways is warning about some dangerous roads throughout the night Friday.

As of 6 p.m. only a few areas just south of Regina had been designated as areas where travel was not recommended.

But Doug Wakabayashi with the Ministry said the warm air in the province could make for some testy driving.

Warm winds bring reprieve from Arctic chill

After a month in the deep freeze, Saskatchewan will finally see the mercury rise next week.

Starting Saturday, temperatures in Saskatoon are expected to rise to near zero and stay that way until at least next Thursday.

“We’re getting warmer air infiltrating from the Pacific, coming through Saskatchewan and into Manitoba and that’s why we’re getting that warm up,” Environment Canada meteorologist John Paul Cragg said.

That warmer air brings temperatures in the single negative digits.

Environment Canada warning of heavy fog in South Sask.

According to a special weather statement released by Environment Canada (EnCan) Thursday evening, warm air and light winds will make for a blanket of dense fog in Southern Saskatchewan.

EnCan warned that visibility could be near zero in some areas with moisture from the fog causing roads to become very slippery.

For up to date weather information, click here.

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