Heavy downpours across southern Saskatchewan on Wednesday left many people bailing out their basements on Thursday.
Regina got about an inch and a half of rain while other areas of the province had even more. Regina police event reported that several cars had been stranded on roads Wednesday night after drivers ventured into water that was too deep.
Mike Payne with Restorex Disaster Restoration says the company is now getting swamped with dozens of phone calls about flooded basements between Moose Jaw and Regina.
When it rains, it pours and that will be the case for the southern part of the province as a band of thunderstorms moves in from Montana and North Dakota.
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for the southeast corner of the province Wednesday morning. Later this afternoon and into the evening, people around Weyburn, Estevan Carlyle, Oxbow and all the way up to Moosomin could see between 40 and 70 millimetres or about two inches of rain within a few hours.
Some people south of Swift Current are dealing with some flooding after two to three inches of rain fell in a short period of time Tuesday.
Terry Palaschak is on the council of the R.M. of Val Marie and says he’s been fielding calls all day from people with flooded basements.
“Basically the whole R.M. is getting it," Palaschak said. "The storm has let up now but we were so saturated from before because in the last 10 days, we’ve had probably four inches of rain spread out through the R.M.”
With rainfall warnings in southern Alberta, a warning to keep an eye on the South Saskatchewan River from the Water Security Agency (WSA).
Outflow from the Gardiner Dam was increased Tuesday from 380 to 900 cubic metres per second.
"This is in response to the heavy rainfall that is happening right now in southern Alberta," said WSA spokesperson Patrick Boyle.
Boyle said the increase is still well below the South Saskatchewan's flow from last June. At that time, massive inflows caused the dam to be opened up to 2,000 cubic metres per second.
Summer may only be a couple of weeks away, but Saskatchewan is still dealing with frost warnings overnight.
The mercury dropped down to a chilly two degrees Celsius in Saskatoon Friday night. It was even colder in Regina where the temperature bottomed out at one degree. Prince Albert was the cold spot at a frigid minus two degrees.
According to Environment Canada, however, things will gradually warm up again.
It might not be the weather expected in early June, but a cold air mass is bringing lower temperatures through Regina and regions east of Queen City Friday night.
Environment Canada's forecast indicates the low could dip down to 2 degrees meaning there is a risk of frost.
Several funnel clouds were reported to Environment Canada Thursday while a line of thunderstorms passed through Saskatchewan.
Shortly after 1 p.m. people in the Leross and Ituna areas reported seeing several funnel clouds forming. Dennis Vestby called the CJME newsroom at about 1:30 p.m. while he was on Highway 35 near Leross. He was seeing four funnel clouds.
Thunderstorm watches and warnings were in effect throughout eastern Saskatchewan for most of Wednesday.
In Sedley, torrential rain and dime-sized hail fell in the afternoon.
"It hit hard, and it was heavy rain - easily 10 minutes or so," said Sharlene Johnson, who lives in the area.
She also spotted a funnel cloud or a landspout and stopped to take pictures. It came very close to touching the ground - she believes it might have - but there are no confirmed reports of a tornado.