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Blowing winds causing problems on Sask. highways

Blowing snow and strong winds have caused problems on Saskatchewan's highways.

"It's really windy out there this morning," Erika Gudnason with Highway Hotlines said.

"We have lots of travel not recommended around the Regina area. Saskatoon, there is not as much travel not recommended but there is a lot of reduced visibility , drifting snow, and swirling snow."

Another blast of cold weather expected in Saskatchewan

Even as much of the province sees temperatures near the freezing mark on Saturday, the spectre of more frigid Arctic air is lurking just around the corner.

Environment Canada is warning much of Saskatchewan that a strong cold front is on its way. A major Arctic cold front is forecast for late Saturday night and continues into Sunday, according to a "special weather statement" issued Saturday morning.

UPDATED: SGI fielding hundreds of claims after high winds

Claims are starting to come in from all over Saskatchewan a week after much of the province was dealing with fierce winds that saw gusts exceeding 100 kilometres an hour in some areas.

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) said it’s already handled 827 total claims. That breaks down to 260 auto claims and 567 property claims, though the Crown insurer reminds us SGI Canada is just one of the home insurers dealing with damage from the storm.

Temperature expected to rise and fall over next two weeks

The next week and a half in Saskatchewan could be a roller coaster ride when it comes to the temperature.

As of Monday some colder air will start moving out to the east and warmer air will start moving in from the west. So there will be a temperature gradient across the province.

"A little move in this temperature gradient makes a huge difference in the temperature that we will feel outside," said John Paul Cragg, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada. So as the air masses move, Cragg explained, the temperatures will fluctuate as well.

Colder temperatures return to Saskatchewan

After a weekend of warm weather, stepping outside your door on Monday morning offers a reminder that winter is far from over.

The good news is that the snowfall overnight on Sunday is over, but the temperature did drop by about 20 degrees.

CJME Weather Specialist John Wilson said, over the next few days south Saskatchewan people can expect the temperature to yo-yo.

Roofing companies busy after high winds

The wind has died down in Saskatoon and now repairs have picked up.

In Rosewood, the sound of hammers echoed up and down the streets as roofers were busy nailing shingles on new houses to replace those torn off by Wednesday's wind.

Bob Thompson, president of Cactus Roofing in Saskatoon, said his phone hasn't stopped ringing.

"It started yesterday about one o'clock ... we've had about 50 or 60 calls this morning," he said.

City operating normally in wake of massive wind storm

It's business as usual for the city of Saskatoon, in the wake of a heavy wind storm that threw a wrench in people's lives Wednesday.

After enacting a level one emergency, prompting open lines of communication across various civic departments; emergency planning director Ray Unrau said there was nothing out of the ordinary throughout the day and overnight.

Saskatoon businesses cleaning up after gale force winds

At Westeel in Saskatoon, the wind blew away profits on Wednesday when it damaged 12 large grain bins ready to be delivered to customers.

"It has put us so far behind now, so we have to re-do them all and we have these expensive units that are trashed," said Glen Miller with Westeel, adding each bin retails for between $18,000-$25,000 each.

Miller said the bins have three concrete blocks attached to each of them weighing 300 pounds a piece. He said those acted like skates once the wind caught the empty bins.

Signs and trees went blowing in the wind across Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Yorkton beat records for wind gusts in January on Wednesday, but Regina missed the worst of the wind.

Environment Canada's John Paul Cragg said highest wind gusts recorded in Regina were about 96 kilometers an hour and areas further south saw close to the same wind speeds.

“In Estevan the wind gusts were up to 90 kilometres an hour, so still strong, but not as strong as places like Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Yorkton,” Cragg said.

Foam Lake hotel loses its roof in the wind

Wicked winds pulled the roof off of a hotel and into a tavern in Foam Lake, Sask. on Wednesday.

Willy's Hotel Tavern & Grill was close to finishing up their Wednesday wing night in the restaurant when strong gusts of wind pulled up the hotel's tin roof.

"We have two buildings that are attached. One is the two-storey hotel and restaurant, the other is the tavern," explained owner Sheila Mclean.

"The tin roof off of the hotel blew off and slammed onto the roof of the tavern and then into an empty lot beside our building."

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