As southern Ontario confronts an intense blast of freezing rain, the Regina International Airport is experiencing mounting flight delays.
Most of southern Ontario was placed under a freezing rain warning mid-day Saturday with Environment Canada saying that ice accumulations on power lines could cause widespread power outages.
All that bad weather is cause for concern for anyone travelling in the country as any flight connecting to Toronto will likely be delayed.
Some issues with weather in Vancouver and Toronto were causing delays at the Regina International Airport Friday evening as a busy travel weekend began.
Vancouver had snow warnings throughout the day Friday while Toronto was getting freezing rain.
In Regina, some flights were delayed for over an hour, including Kyle Demery’s flight to Edmonton. He was headed home after three works of working in Saskatchewan.
“After three weeks being here, all you want to do is get home and be with your family,” he said. “It’s daunting.”
The winter storm hitting Ontario and the eastern states has left its mark on air travel in Saskatchewan.
Multiple flights have been delayed at the Regina International Airport. Flights to and from Toronto are delayed along with other flights from Chicago and Minneapolis.
At least seven flights were delayed Saturday evening as planes were slow to leave those stormy areas.
You can check the status of a flight on the Regina International Airport website.
A small plane crashed near Lloydminster, AB Saturday afternoon, killing the only
person on board.
Transportation Safely Board spokesperson Chris Krepski says the Cessna 210 went down moments after taking off from the Lloydminster airport.
"There was one pilot on board, and he was fatally injured" Krepski says. "The Transportation Safety board is deploying two investigators from our Edmonton office who will arrive tomorrow morning."
Little information is known about the pilot at this time.
An overturned semi held up some traffic on Highway 1 between Moose Jaw and Swift Current Thursday afternoon.
The RCMP said that officers were present along the road between Ernfold and Chaplin after a semi that was heading west crashed. The truck evidently lost control, entering the ditch and rolling onto its side.
The man who was driving was taken to the hospital in Swift Current. The RCMP wasn't aware how badly he was hurt.
RCMP said road conditions were "good" when the accident occurred.
It may seem like harmless fun to the person on the ground but people aiming laser pointers at planes above Regina are becoming a big concern.
This year alone there has been 12 reported cases of people shooting laser-pointers at planes while they're in the air. That's up from five in 2012, and one in 2011.
President and CEO of the Regina International Airport Jim Hunter says this type of activity is extremely dangerous.
A man has died after a collision between a mini-van and a semi-trailer on Highway 21 near Kerrobert.
According to RCMP, at around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the southbound mini-van went into the northbound lane. A semi-trailer happened to be coming by at the time and tried to avoid the oncoming vehicle, but wasn’t able to.
The two vehicles collided head-on just south of the Highway 31 junction, killing the lone occupant of the mini-van. The semi driver was physically unharmed.
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.