One Saskatchewan man is hoping to get his SGI ice dam claim cleared up before winter really hits - but he’s running out of time.
“It’s been nothing but a headache from the start,” chuckled Bryan Bosley during a recent phone interview.
The roof of Bosley’s house was invaded by an ice dam nearly two years ago. He says an adjuster came out and assessed the roof soon after. But he says it took a long time to get contractors out to give him quotes.
When the quotes came in, three of them were in the $50,000 range and one was around $27,000.
After the torrential rains last spring, even a normal snowpack for the coming winter could result in flooding in spring 2015, according to the Water Security Agency's fall conditions report.
Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency released its report on Thursday morning.
Near record rains fell across most of Saskatchewan during the first half of the 2014 growing season and, though there's been normal precipitation in the past two months, the report said most of the grain belt is still quite wet.
Things will be a little bit different for hunters as white-tailed deer season opens in Saskatchewan on Thursday.
The Ministry of the Environment is taking action after a few harsh winters that have impacted the province's deer numbers.
“Population-index surveys for white-tailed deer do indicate an overall decline of roughly 30 per cent compared to the long-term averages across the province,” explained wildlife ecologist Allison Henderson.
According to weather data recorded by Environment Canada, Regina has never seen had a dump of snow as massive as what was experienced in Buffalo this week.
"For Regina, the record is 26 centimeters and that record was set on Oct. 16, 1984," said Terri Lang, meteorologist with Environment Canada.
That's about 10 inches, a figure that doesn't account for the height of snow drifts.
Although there's a steady demand year round, homeless shelters in Regina add emergency beds in the winter to keep people off of the streets and out of the dangerous cold.
Rebecca Cochrane is the director of development and programs for Souls Harbour Rescue Mission. Souls Harbour operates an emergency shelter for men in the downtown area and one for women and children in North Central. Both shelters operate 12 beds year round but can increase to 16 in the winter.
After the first snowstorm of the season on Monday, people in Regina will likely welcome a few days of warmth at the end of this week.
Terri Lang, meteorologist with Environment Canada, said by the end of the week highs should be around -2 C and -5 C.
"The big dome of cold air, slowly going to push off towards the northeast and sort of retreat further north, where I think it belongs."
But don't celebrate too fast; more snow is coming to add to the one to three centimetres Regina got on Monday.
Saskatchewan NDP leader Cam Broten opened Question Period at the legislature Monday by calling for a formal inquest into the death of Jerry Peequaquat.
The 42-year-old, homeless man was found dead in an abandoned semi truck on Saturday. Police said it appeared as though he had been living there for some time; no foul play is suspected.
Broten called the case "absolutely heartbreaking."
Whether you are a young driver, a driver new to Canadian winters, or just someone who wants to shore up on their skills behind the wheel, there are options out there to help you learn winter-driving skills.
The Saskatchewan Safety Council offers several courses, including the Skid Smart Program.
Not many people in Saskatchewan are happy about the snow and cold this week, but there are exceptions to that attitude.
Anders Svenson is the director of snow school at Mission Ridge Winter Park in Fort Qu’Appelle. He says this weather is perfect for making snow.
“We hit better temperatures last night. We hit -23 last night which allows us to make a lot more snow with the same amount of water,” he commented.