It's a busy time of year at the Regina International Airport as people take a mid-winter vacation or head home for the holidays. Those returning to Saskatchewan are getting a big shock when they land in the extreme cold.
Dave Shepherd landed Monday afternoon after returning from balmy Ecuador.
"This is terrible. I'm not liking this at all," he said, "(I was) walking through the rain forest yesterday and in the snow and cold today."
It’s the busiest week of the year at the bus depot in Regina. People are catching rides to see their loved ones and others are shipping last-minute parcels.
“I found something really cute for them,” said Joan Whelan, as she carried a big, white box into the parcel entrance.
Whelan packed away two dresses for her two great-granddaughters, seven and nine years old, albeit a little last minute.
“I do this every year. It’s a habit I have,” laughed Whelan.
The waiting area for travelers was also packed on Tuesday.
Swirling snow, icy slippery sections and reduced visibility due to snow and fog are just some of the factors contributing to poor driving conditions across southern Saskatchewan.
Travel is not recommended on Highway 43 or Highway 58 in the southwest around Gravelbourg due to ice and swirling snow.
Across the rest of the province there are reports of icy sections and swirling snow on provincial highways to the east and west.
Questions about jurisdiction with the Muscowpetung Saulteaux First Nation have turned a trip down a Saskatchewan grid road into an expensive journey.
One day in July 2013, Greg Bartsch, the owner of Bartsch Building Movers, was hauling a house to a spot near Edenwold and took grid road 640 to get there.
It was a distressing start of the day for scores of people who thought they were flying out for the holidays Sunday morning.
Flights out of the Regina International Airport were cancelled because of thick fog that also stopped planes from landing late Saturday night.
In all, three flights were impacted on Sunday - the early WestJet flight to Calgary, the morning Delta flight to Minneapolis and the United 7:40 a.m. flight to Denver.
The icy weather did not just impact the highways on Saturday - Christmas travellers flying into Regina saw their planes delayed as well.
Patrica was on the flight from Edmonton which had to circle the airport for half an hour as the runways were too icy and had to be cleared off.
With Christmas less than a week away, airports are packed right across North America as the last Friday before Christmas is one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Brandon Leroy drove from Lloydminster to Saskatoon and is only partway through his long Christmas journey to Newfoundland.
"My flight is actually going from here to Toronto, then Toronto to Halifax and Halifax to Deer Lake," he said.
He said the travel to see his family will be worth it and he has some tips for fellow travellers.
A collision between White City and Balgonie Friday morning serves as a reminder to keep plenty of distance between your car and snowplows.
The plow was driving west on the Trans-Canada Highway, traveling at 40 km/hr when a car crashed into the back of it. The Saskatchewan government says the plow driver has told them both drivers are ok.
Icy conditions were reported on a number of highways Friday morning, with visibility also an issue in some areas.
Some people call it dangerous while others say it's a new wave of technology, but the City of Regina is just trying to be prepared for the arrival of ride-sharing apps.
Ride-sharing apps exist all over the world, the most prominent one right now being 'Uber.' Anyone can be a driver for the app and pick people up and take them where they want to go.
A 24-year-old man has been accused of drinking and driving in connection with a fatal highway collision near North Battleford Wednesday morning.
The collision involving a minivan and three quarter ton pickup occurred around 8:30 a.m on Highway 4, approximately six kilometres north of the city.