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Up to 15 cm of snow expected for eastern Saskatchewan

Environment Canada has issued a special weather alert for various parts of Saskatchewan.

There is the possibility of significant snowfall from Friday night into Saturday for areas around Yorkton, Humboldt and Kamsack, according to Natalie Hazell, warning preparedness meterologist with Environment Canada.

The snow is moving eastward from Alberta.

Golfers hit practice range for the first time this spring

Paul Episkenew is the closest golfer in the shot at the Paisley Golf Oasis practice range in Regina. Despite the morning rain and heavy breeze, he was one of several golfers anxious to get hit the links headed down to the driving range for some practice Wednesday.

The Paisley Golf Oasis practice range just opened up for the season this week. Amid the muddy paths and nearby melting piles of snow, people lined up on the tee blocks to hit a few buckets of balls.

"This is my first day out to the driving range," said Paul Episkenew

Melting snow reveals litter around Regina

Garbage left over from the winter is starting to emerge from the snow in parks and along the streets of Regina.

The city has a team of staff picking up garbage along the main roads like Albert Street, Lewvan Drive, Arcola, Victoria and Ross Avenues.

"We try and start on the high profile areas that have dried up and are accessible first," said Charmaine Newfeld, Manager of Parks Maintenance.

Regina's patios start opening up

Patios are starting to open up across the Queen City as people emerge from hibernation through the winter.

Tuesday was the warmest day of the year so far reaching 15 degrees. That's nowhere near Regina's record high set on April 8, 1977 at almost 28 degrees.

Regardless, people still took advantage of the warm weather staking out a spot on a local patio.

A group of friends visiting from Winnipeg for a ringette tournament threw back a few pints and some munchies at O'Hanlons during lunch hour.

"How's the sunburn?" they asked.

Slow melt has helped ease spring runoff

The government says the worst is yet to come for some areas of Saskatchewan that are at risk of flooding this spring.

The latest, and last, flood forecast of the season was released on Tuesday. It showed that the runoff has wrapped up for much of the southern region.

John Fahlman, a hydrologist with the Water Security Agency, says the spikes and drops in temperatures have helped slow the melt.

Patio season starting in Saskatoon

Warm weather has Saskatoon's patios opening for the season.

With the temperature reaching 15 C Tuesday afternoon many people went to pubs and restaurants for their first meal in the sun.

"You need cold beer and some good food and good company," explained Barry Milner about what makes a great patio meal.

He was having lunch with Chiara Mantovani at Hudsons Canadian Tap House.

"How long will we be on the patio today? Well, that depends how fast we can get our work done," Mantovani said with a laugh.

PHOTOS: Regina crews patch 1 million potholes every year

If it feels as though the problems with potholes are never-ending, there’s a reason, the City of Regina patches about a million potholes a year.

Street full of potholes in Regina's south end. Kevin Martel/CJME

Street full of potholes in Regina's south end. Kevin Martel/CJME

Spring temperatures heading to Saskatchewan

After a more-than-frigid winter in Saskatchewan the province is in for some good weather news this week.

"We're going to see a bump up in the temperatures, especially compared to what we've recently been experiencing," explained Natalie Hasell, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada.

As of Monday morning the highs for the week in Regina included 8 C, 16 C, 10 C, and 13 C with mostly sunny days. Saskatoon is also expecting sunshine and highs of 10 C, 8 C, and 12 C. Those are all within the range of normal temperatures for the beginning of April.

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Rain in the forecast means spring is here

If anything makes spring official, it’s a forecast with rain in it.

That’s exactly what Regina had on Sunday with a 70 per cent chance of showers for the late evening and a possibility of that turning into snow overnight.

But that wasn’t before a string of days above the zero degree mark that was making a lot of Reginan’s feel like Old Man Winter had finally hibernated for the summer.

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