Days of bone chilling cold, - 30 C is starting to feel warm but the next 10 days should feel downright tropical in comparison if the forecast holds up.
“All that praying hoping and begging has paid off because what we’re going to do is shed these minus double digit temperatures,” said Dave Phillips with Environment Canada.
So far he said the models are showing warmer than normal temperatures for the next 10 days with highs between -5 C and -8 C even getting up to a high on Saturday of -2 C.
Weather conditions have caused a lot of extra hassle for air travel across the U.S. and Canada.
Pearson International Airport in Toronto stopped all arriving North American flights for more than eight hours on Tuesday stranding thousands of frustrated passengers and causing delays that could last days.
More than half of 774 arriving flights had been cancelled, along with 381 of all departures. Weary travellers slept on seats or trudged forward in hours-long lines to rebook their cancelled or missed flights.
Ruts are starting to form on Regina streets, threatening to make it even harder to drive and possibly even wreck your vehicle if they get too big.
As of Monday, City of Regina crews had finished plowing all the category 1, 2, 3, and 4 streets in its priority system. According to Mayor Michael Fougere they should soon be starting on all of the other roads that need attention.
"City crews have been working very, very hard in very challenging circumstances, with incredibly cold weather," Fougere told News Talk Radio Tuesday.
It was the coldest of welcomings as Bruno Mansoldo Briotto arrived in Regina Saturday to begin his semester studying abroad.
"When I was in the airplane it was just ice. And the weather was like -50 C, I think, in the day," said the native of Brazil. "I didn't imagine how cold it was. Like, freezing."
January's extreme cold has led to extremely icy roads, and more sand is about the only recourse the City of Saskatoon has to make the streets safer.
Public Works Director Pat Hyde said sanding crews will up the amount of sand they spread when the temperature dips to -30 C, particularly in high-traffic areas.
"When we're doing Circle Drive, especially the bridges, we'll salt and sand those every two hours," Hyde said, "whereas normally it's roughly around four to six hours depending on the conditions of the day."
As plows clean up Regina's streets after Friday's snowfall, sanders are cycling through the city to try and provide some traction on the ice left behind.
Chris Warren, manager of winter maintence for the City of Regina, explained that a set policy determines how often the roads are sanded, but the weather often determines the process that is used.
"The frequencies are kind of all set out in the guidelines of the policy...there are different materials that we could potentially use, depending on the temperatures and the conditions that we're facing," Warren said.
Regina's snow clearing effort broke the bank in 2013, nearly taking an entire reserve account with it.
The start of the new year means the winter road maintenance budget, which runs through the calendar year, starts fresh for another 365 days. Regina's mayor is glad to see it happen, considering the final cost for last year is likely to be well over the $6.3 million budget.
"We expect to spend $10.2 million for the calendar year 2013," Fougere admitted in an interview with News Talk Radio.
It's not just your spirit that can break in this cold—many of the things around you are breaking too.
“Most of the world does not experience this very low temperature," said Amr Henni, a professor in the Industrial System Engineering department at the University of Regina. "So all of the equipment and instruments that we purchase worldwide, they are really not designed to work at this very low temperature.”
People in Saskatchewan managed to stay warm throughout the latest cold snap without setting any records.
SaskEnergy reports natural gas use is high, but falls short of breaking any consumption records. SaskPower is seeing the same situation.
"It may have had something to do with the day of the week. Yesterday being Sunday, lots of businesses are closed and people are at home more," said Tyler Hopson, spokesperson for SaskPower.
Industrial vacuums are roaring as clean-up continues after a flood at the North Tower Residence at the University of Regina.
Offices on the main floor and 18 student dorm rooms sustained damage after a water main break late Sunday night. Only a few students were actually staying in the rooms at the time because the semester doesn’t start until Tuesday.