All this cold weather in Regina has many people of warmer climates, according to numbers from CAA Travel.
“Ever since the cold hit, it has been very busy and definitely people want to get out of here sooner rather than later,” said Angie Thachuk assistant manager at CAA Travel.
Thachuk said people started booking flights for this winter season as early as last year, so space is becoming more and more limited. That’s especially true on connecting flights to Costa Rica.
Kelvin Sproule is bundled up as he works in the bitter cold at West Wind
Aviation at the Saskatoon airport.
"They're getting ready to tow that 1900 Beechcraft into the hangar so hopefully it doesn't freeze," he said, pointing to other members of the ground crew working on a nearby plane.
As a member of the ground crew, he's making sure planes are fueled, their power charged and the ramp is clear of snow.
"In a 12 hour shift, you're probably out there maybe six hours at a time," he said.
The winter storm that hit south Saskatchewan on Monday wasn't as bad as it was supposed to be, but we didn’t escape complete.
Regina had a few centimetres of snow but areas south and west of the city got a whole lot more. A section of Highway 1 west of Swift Current still has a "travel not advised" warning but the alert that had been issued for areas west of that has now been ended. A travel warning for the Moose Jaw area on Highway 13 has been rescinded as well.
Stormy weather in Alberta has helped cause flight delays at the Regina International Airport.
Southern Saskatchewan did not see the amount of snow expected Monday but surrounding areas have.
Airport CEO Jim Hunter says bad weather to the west and south of Regina has wrecked a bit of havoc on air travel.
"Any storms like this will maybe, possibly delay aircraft getting in here because other centres from which they originate are experiencing the weather, Calgary being a good example of that," said Hunter.
People across southern Saskatchewan are getting ready for a real winter blizzard but it appears Regina and points east will be spared the brunt of the system.
Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning on Sunday covering regions across the southern half of the province. Monday morning Regina and areas to the east were dropped from those warnings.
RCMP have reopened a section of Highway 16 that was closed Saturday following a 25 car pile up that sent 13 to hospital.
The accident happened around 10 a.m. near Maymont, a small town about an hour northwest of Saskatoon. RCMP say heavy fog was a factor in the crashes.
With the Grey Cup festival finished, Monday was the busiest day the Regina International Airport (RIA) has ever had.
On Thursday, RIA CEO Jim Hunter said that they had 3,152 people outbound Monday, a new record for the airport.
“It was a pretty interesting day, but I’m very proud of the screening folks. They had the lines set up and everything went very, very smoothly,” said Hunter.
The Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) is expecting around double the normal traffic at its North Portal crossing this weekend as U.S. stores put on massive sales for Black Friday.
Lisa White, spokesperson for the CBSA said shoppers started trickling through the border on Wednesday, but it would be Saturday and Sunday that would see peak traffic.
“What we want to avoid is all these people coming back at the same time,” she said in a phone interview on Wednesday.
Anyone hoping to take cabs over the weekend will want to call ahead…like way ahead.
A number of things have been playing into the long wait times for a taxi in the city. Of course, with football fans spread out all across the city, the Grey Cup festival is a main driver for the wait. But the weather plays into it too.
“We were hoping it wouldn’t be quite as cold. But it’s cold so the demand is higher,” said Sandy Archibald with Regina Cabs. “And it’s Friday and it’s Grey Cup.”
As Friday hit the Queen City, the Regina International Airport was dealing with the busiest day yet during the Grey Cup Festival. And although there were a lot of people flying into the city for Sunday’s Grey Cup Final, those trying to get out of Regina had a rough time.
Two different flights were cancelled Friday morning as a result of mechanical problems—one a flight to Denver, the other a flight to Chicago.
Don Bell was taxiing out onto the tarmac when the plane suddenly stopped.