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Warm weather brings Regina out of hibernation

Skating rinks are melting and the birds are singing. It might as well be spring as people migrated back to Wascana Park on Friday.
 
People walking around Wascana Lake were in high spirits, soaking up the heat while they still can.
 
"It is a spiritual thing to be able to walk in the sunshine and that is something, just to feel the warmth of the sun on your face. It's a gift," said Judy. 
 
Runners enjoyed the outdoors wearing shorts, light sweaters and t-shirts.
 

Melting snow turns Regina streets into a slushy mess

From McCarthy Park to Hillsdale, Heritage and Cathedral, tires are spinning through loose, slushy snow on residential side streets and crescents all over Regina.

Kyle Toma just moved into the Heritage neighbourhood close to College Avenue. With the exception of Winnipeg Street, which is a main feeder, driving down most of the side streets is like driving on mashed potatoes – fluffy and greasy at the same time.

“Being here for only three or four weeks, I have yet to see one snow removal person on these streets,” Toma commented.

Spring-like weather ahead for Saskatchewan

It's hard not to get excited about a weather forecast like this.

Environment Canada says Saskatchewan can expect plus temperatures over the next five days.

Click here for Saskatoon’s forecast.
Click here for Regina’s forecast.

Normal for this time of year is around – 10 C. The record high for Thursday in Saskatoon is 6 C which was set back in 1942. Environment Canada is forecasting a high of 4 C.

Ferry ice bridge a local shortcut, not provincial roadway

The Clarkboro ice bridge is not a provincial route but a shortcut created by locals, according to the province.

This after a woman from Colonsay plunged into the icy water of the South Saskatchewan River in her car on Friday after attempting to cross it.

VIDEO: Thin ice reported in South Saskatchewan river system

Whether you're driving, sledding, or fishing, the Water Security Agency is warning about dangerously thin ice in Saskatchewan near rivers and creeks.
 
It's warning about water in the South Saskatchewan river system near Saskatoon specifically, but the Water Security Agency said it's gotten several reports of issues with thin ice across the province.

Regina's Carmichael Outreach hosts weekend shinny games

As the weather warmed up on Sunday, people in downtown Regina picked up their hockey sticks, but instead of heading to an ice rink, they went to a parking lot.
 
Carmichael Outreach hosted a game of street hockey on Sunday. The parking lot behind the building was transformed into a hockey rink. Garbage cans, a mattress and a van were all lined up by the net, blocking the ball so it didn't go out into the alley.
 

Regina encourages 'snowbusters' to help clear sidewalks

The City of Regina is asking people to pick up the snow shovel again this winter for the Snowbusters program.
 
It's asking people to become Snowbusters, a volunteer who helps their neighbours clear their sidewalk of snow. Nominees will be entered into a draw to win a new snowblower.
 
The city said the 2014 program was a success with more than 330 people nominated.
 

Warmer winter weather on its way to Saskatchewan

Expect a couple more days of windchills until we get our first break from winter since the start of the year.

The temperature highs are forecast to be close to or above freezing as the week goes on, and through the weekend.

The high on Tuesday in Regina is forecast to be -6 C, but with a windchill of -27 C. Wednesday is even better a forecasted high of -1 C and no winchill.

VIDEO: Regina cyclists enjoy a winter ride

Even on the coldest winter days in Regina, Anna Torgunrud will get out her bike and ride it to work.

Torgunrud is one of many in Regina who take cycling seriously, and her bike is just as prepared for the winter elements as some peoples' cars and trucks.

Australian team bring their warm Grundies for BRIT

From 30 C to -30 C, a team of Australian basketball players have left behind their summer to get a taste of Saskatchewan winter.

For the fourth time, the Scots College team has travelled from Sydney to take part in the Bedford Road Invitational Tournament (BRIT). The tournament is the final stop on a 16-day tour that also took them to Vancouver and Whistler.

For some like shooting guard Parker Dale, this is their first BRIT and first Canadian winter.

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