After the past few weeks of frigidly cold wind chills, Mother Nature is about to offer a bit of a reprieve with some nice weather in the forecast.
Jim Slipec with Environment Canada said a wild swing temperatures will push day time highs on Sunday into the minus one range.
“Typically for this time of year daytime highs are around minus eight (degrees Celsius), clearly we have not been anywhere near that and we’re actually going to swing the pendulum the other way,” he said.
The light, fluffy snowfall that began falling in the Regina area Thursday morning will be sticking around for a while.
The Regina area could get between 10 and 15 centimetres of snow between Thursday afternoon to Friday evening, according to Environment Canada.
How bad it will get depends on how the weather band moves through southern Saskatchewan.
"It's going to depend on where that band of snow sets up. That will really determine how much snow Regina ends up getting with these systems," said John Paul Cragg, meteorologist with Environment Canada.
The sidewalk outside of YWCA’s Our House in Prince Albert is surrounded by soft piles of snow. It’s the day after a night where temperatures fell to around minus 30.
A snow bank wouldn’t appear to be a place that would provide warmth. But for 44-year-old Jeremy, who sits on a two-seater couch in the facility’s lobby, he said the pile of snow he laid in last winter was warm. It was so warm that he fell asleep.
“Eighty per cent of my body was gone when they found me outside in the snow last year,” he said.
When it gets bitterly cold out in Saskatchewan’s winters, getting your vehicle to start can sometimes be a gamble.
Some take the initiative to plug in their block heaters, while others feel they don’t need to and risk it.
But does it really matter whether your vehicle is plugged in or not?
As furnaces in Regina ramp up to full capacity, a backlog of service calls has built up with plumbing and heating companies leaving some out in the cold.
“I could feel it getting colder, and colder. But I have a window above my bed so there is the usual draft. But this was completely different,” said Scott Vickers. “I woke up at like six in the morning after maybe two hours of sleep. And it was just freezing.”
The extreme wind chill warning has caused some schools in southern Saskatchewan to cancel bus service as of Wednesday morning.
Buses are cancelled for the following schools in the French Language division: Ecole Ducharme in Moose Jaw, Pavillon Secondaire des Quatre-Vents in Regina and both the high school and elementary school buses are cancelled for Ecole Monseigneur de Laval.
Regina Public School Division all buses are running and all schools are open. Website
It's a struggle to keep warm in this weather under the best of circumstances when you have a home but how would you survive on the streets of Regina in the dead of winter? That is the plight facing hundreds of homeless people every day.
Standing outside the Salvation Army Waterston Centre in Regina, a man named Lonnie explains that he has been homeless for almost a year. Up until Saturday, he was living in an abandoned house but his shelter caught fire.
“It wasn’t really warm but as long as you have enough blankets you can survive,” he said.
The city did everything they could to keep the Sid Buckwold Bridge safe over the weekend.
But as the mercury dipped below –30 degrees, even the city’s best techniques couldn’t prevent a 16 car pileup late Friday night.
“When the conditions are as extreme as they were on Friday, sand is not as effective during a normal winter road conditions,” Pat Hyde, director of public works said Monday.
“Bridge decks are sanded every four hours but due to the extreme cold temperatures that existed Friday and surface conditions, all bridge decks were sanded every two hours.”
But that dubious distinction still belongs to December 1917. Environment Canada meteorologist John Paul Cragg said that year saw six days below -40 C and 16 below -30 C. By comparison, Cragg said this month ooks positively balmy with only a five days so far below -30 C so far.
Be prepared to bundle up again Monday morning and for the foreseeable future because the cold dry weather is expected to stick around.
“It looks like we’re going to be in the grip of arctic air for at least the next 10 days to two weeks,” said CJME Weather Specialist John Wilson.
We should get a minor respite with temperatures expected to warm up a bit towards the end of this week, but it's back into the deep freeze again next week