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Weather warmup could take toll on plants

While most of us will welcome a break from the freezing cold this week, the extreme weather swing can be hard on your plants and shrubs.
By Wednesday the mercury is expected to climb above zero and remain warm until the weekend.
Rick van Duyvendyk with Dutch Growers said if we see a lot of melting, the roots of shrubs and plants are at risk of exposure to the elements.

Southern Sask. warming up before Christmas

A white Christmas may melt away in Saskatchewan as warmer temperatures take command for the next 10 days or so.

CJME weather specialist John Wilson says temperatures could rise as high as 7 C or 8 C until just before Christmas.

"The strong Pacific airflow coming over the mountains (is) keeping the arctic air bottled up well to the north," Wilson said on Monday morning.

Strong winds and snow hit Regina before weather warm up

Regina is getting hit with a quick blast of winter before warming up in the coming week.
Robyn Dyck with Environment Canada says a system moving across the province brought a line of intense snow, which quickly moved east Sunday afternoon.
"We do have some strong winds in behind the system, 40 gusting to 60 (km/hr) so it might be blowing that snow around a little bit, reducing visibilities," said Dyck.  

PHOTOS: Cameco Meewasin skating rink opens

Saskatoon residents took advantage of the warmer weekend weather to go for a skate.

The Cameco Meewasin skating rink opened on Saturday. For many the rink's opening heralds the start of winter and the holiday season.

The rink is open daily 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting. Skate and helmet rentals are available at the rink.

Southern Sask. to see warmer temperatures next week

After being stuck under Arctic air, Saskatchewan will finally see relief from freezing-cold weather.

The forecast shows parts of southern Saskatchewan seeing temperatures up to 5 C next week. Environment Canada meteorologist James Cummine explained it will all be thanks to a jet stream bringing more mild air.

"We'll see some of the snow start melting and then freezing overnight as temperatures start melting," said Cummine.

However, Cummine warns that the warmup won't last.

'Pawsing' for warmth: Regina pets get bundled for the cold

One Regina pet store owner says this cold snap has been a boon for business.

“It’s crazy,” said Pawsitively Purrfect Pets owner Richard Morton. “Everybody wants to get a set of boots or a jacket or a sweater for the dog.”

And there is quite the array of winter wear. There are basic cable knit sweaters, jackets, full ski-doo suits and six different brands of boots.

Hunters braving the cold could spot less deer

Hunters looking to brave the cold before white-tailed deer season closes Tuesday could have a tough time spotting an animal.

The deer population is down across the province after a few harsh winters. The hunting season was shortened by about two weeks as a result.

The cold snap could also affect the deer’s movements.

Carmichael Outreach, Salvation Army welcoming people out of the cold

Sleeping at home isn’t an option for everyone in Regina, making it necessary for some to find a respite from the frigid cold by turning to Carmichael Outreach and the Salvation Army.

No records broken as arctic air hits southern Sask.

Although the extreme-cold warning from Environment Canada is over, Saskatchewan is still dealing with the freezing cold.

"After that snow event on the weekend, we had a cold front come through," said Justin Shaer, meteorologist with Environment Canada. "Just this big arctic high (that) kind of pushed down to the southern prairies and brought arctic temperatures."

Despite the frigid temperatures, Shaer says no cold-weather records were broken in the province.

However, Shaer assures that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Sask. winter a whole new world for newcomers

For those of us who have grown up in Canada, we likely know how to handle harsh winters. But for newcomers to the country who have never experienced it, who have never seen snow or ice, it’s a whole new world.

“Initially it was very exciting. It’s just like the pictures I’ve been looking at all my life. Then you get to shovel the snow then it turns out really different,” said Erum Ali.

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