Freezing rain warnings have ended in Saskatchewan after most of the southwest corner of the province was expected to see some.
"Places like Swift Current and Kindersley that are hovering very close to the zero mark, there's a good chance of freezing rain occurring in patches," John Paul Cragg, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, said Monday morning.
Southern Saskatchewan will be seeing a slight dip into colder temperatures as a cold front wafts through the province. But for once the Environment Canada weather office has some good news: it’s not going to be that bad.
“Even with the cold front passage, we’re not going to be plunged deep into that Arctic air like we were before,” said meteorologist Dave Carlsen. “It’s going to cool down a little bit but no need to worry about it going back into the deep freeze any time soon.”
The Saskatchewan Highway Hotline says fog is causing problems on highways east of Regina.
On Highways 1 and 46 near Balgonie and 33 heading to Kroneau, visibility is near zero.
“We don’t have travel not recommended out, so you can still travel but with your own precautions,” said Erica Gudnason with the Highway Hotline.
Other areas have some icy conditions or pavement frost.
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As a deep fog settles into southern Saskatchewan, the Minstry of Highways is warning about some dangerous roads throughout the night Friday.
As of 6 p.m. only a few areas just south of Regina had been designated as areas where travel was not recommended.
But Doug Wakabayashi with the Ministry said the warm air in the province could make for some testy driving.
After a month in the deep freeze, Saskatchewan will finally see the mercury rise next week.
Starting Saturday, temperatures in Saskatoon are expected to rise to near zero and stay that way until at least next Thursday.
“We’re getting warmer air infiltrating from the Pacific, coming through Saskatchewan and into Manitoba and that’s why we’re getting that warm up,” Environment Canada meteorologist John Paul Cragg said.
That warmer air brings temperatures in the single negative digits.
According to a special weather statement released by Environment Canada (EnCan) Thursday evening, warm air and light winds will make for a blanket of dense fog in Southern Saskatchewan.
EnCan warned that visibility could be near zero in some areas with moisture from the fog causing roads to become very slippery.
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Even with the mercury on the rise Thursday, ice and fog played a factor in a number of collisions throughout Saskatchewan.
The weather could serve as a reminder to drivers that winter driving needs to be practiced at all times during the coldest months of the year.
"We've been going through a pretty tough winter weather-wise, and I think the little hint of sunshine maybe has given people a false sense of security," said Ian Barr, a traffic sergeant with the Regina Police Service.
The weather might be warmer but the roads were a mess in Regina on Thursday.
The Regina Police Service reported that there were ten crashes impacting traffic in Regina by 2 p.m., four of them resulting in injuries.
Three took place before 8 a.m., while two rollovers during the lunch hour were tying up traffic. One happened on the Ring Road between Dewdney and Ross Avenue and another was on Highway 46 and Fleet Street near the city's snow dump site. Then after 1 p.m. a two-car crash at Albert St. and 4th Ave. also slowed down driver.
Winter has a firm, icy grip on Regina once again as we’ve seen snow and bitterly cold temperatures wrap themselves around the city over the last month and as always the weather is taking it's toll on city streets.
Manager of winter maintenance Chris Warren maintains road crews are out and ready to handle any snow or ice related problems that develop. Right now some snow ridges or windrows are getting pretty high, but Warren said they are dealing with them.
With Environment Canada predicting a mid-winter warm up for Saskatchewan, people in Regina were praising Old Man Winter’s change of heart.
Temperatures were expected to hit single digits by Thursday and stay there for over a week, making construction workers in the Queen City very happy.
“We’ll get more out this than we’ve had since mid-November,” said Byron, a site foreman for Smith Built Construction who didn’t want to give his last name. “It’ll make the difference of the winter.”