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Car hits snow plough near Fort Qu'appelle

The ministry of highways is reminding drivers to be careful when out on the road after a collision Wednesday.

A car crashed into a plow on Highway 10 near Fort Qu'appelle. The plough had pulled over to allow drivers to go by when it was rear-ended by a passing car.

The ministry is reminding drivers that plows drive much slower than normal traffic when a plough is nearby because they can create mini blizards when you're trying to pass.

You are also supposed to slow to sixty kilometres per hour when passing a plough that's pulled over.

Cold days ahead until Christmas

It’s colder today than it has been the last couple of days and it is going to stay that way for the rest of the week.

Next week is expected to be a bit warmer for Christmas, according to Environment Canada.

Freezing rain, blowing snow cause more highway troubles

Freezing rain in southern Saskatchewan triggered a whole new slate of travel warnings Wednesday morning, though conditions seem to be improving.

It fell for much of the morning inside Regina but also around Craven and Lumsden. It was accompanied by some heavy snowfall that has since abated inside the city.

Blowing snow was causing problems on highways. Callers reported slow travel around Findlater on Highway 11 because of reduced visibility and slick conditions.

Saskatchewan enjoying minimal snowfall this winter

When it comes to snowfall this winter Saskatchewan is apparently getting off light.

David Phillips, Environment Canada's senior climatologist, said Regina and Saskatoon have only had about 15 centimetres, or half a foot, of snow so far this season.

"You typically would have about 30 (centimetres) by now. So you really only have about half of what you normally do."

But he noted that the extreme cold of recent weeks has ensured that, up until this week, not a drop has melted away.

GALLERY: Winter temperatures returning to normal, briefly

After a seemingly never ending run of incredibly cold temperatures in recent weeks, Saskatchewan is welcoming a warm-up.

Sunday should see Regina's temperature hit a high of -5 C. It's the first time the city has seen single-digit temperatures in nearly two weeks, thanks to a long-standing pocket of Arctic air that saw temperatures plunge regularly below the -20 C mark.

Who loves the snow? Skiers and snowboarders delight in powder

After the past few weeks of frigidly cold wind chills, Mother Nature is about to offer a bit of a reprieve with some nice weather in the forecast.

Jim Slipec with Environment Canada said a wild swing temperatures will push day time highs on Sunday into the minus one range.

“Typically for this time of year daytime highs are around minus eight (degrees Celsius), clearly we have not been anywhere near that and we’re actually going to swing the pendulum the other way,” he said.

Regina area could see half a foot of snow

The light, fluffy snowfall that began falling in the Regina area Thursday morning will be sticking around for a while.

The Regina area could get between 10 and 15 centimetres of snow between Thursday afternoon to Friday evening, according to Environment Canada.

How bad it will get depends on how the weather band moves through southern Saskatchewan.

"It's going to depend on where that band of snow sets up. That will really determine how much snow Regina ends up getting with these systems," said John Paul Cragg, meteorologist with Environment Canada.

Homeless in Prince Albert and trying to get out of the cold

The sidewalk outside of YWCA’s Our House in Prince Albert is surrounded by soft piles of snow. It’s the day after a night where temperatures fell to around minus 30.

A snow bank wouldn’t appear to be a place that would provide warmth. But for 44-year-old Jeremy, who sits on a two-seater couch in the facility’s lobby, he said the pile of snow he laid in last winter was warm. It was so warm that he fell asleep.

“Eighty per cent of my body was gone when they found me outside in the snow last year,” he said.

Why you should be plugging in your vehicle's block heater

When it gets bitterly cold out in Saskatchewan’s winters, getting your vehicle to start can sometimes be a gamble.

Some take the initiative to plug in their block heaters, while others feel they don’t need to and risk it.

But does it really matter whether your vehicle is plugged in or not?

A cold night for one Regina renter after heat goes out

As furnaces in Regina ramp up to full capacity, a backlog of service calls has built up with plumbing and heating companies leaving some out in the cold.

 “I could feel it getting colder, and colder. But I have a window above my bed so there is the usual draft. But this was completely different,” said Scott Vickers. “I woke up at like six in the morning after maybe two hours of sleep. And it was just freezing.”

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