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Extreme cold knocks doors, parking meters, cars out of commission

It's not just your spirit that can break in this cold—many of the things around you are breaking too.

“Most of the world does not experience this very low temperature," said Amr Henni, a professor in the Industrial System Engineering department at the University of Regina. "So all of the equipment and instruments that we purchase worldwide, they are really not designed to work at this very low temperature.”

Severe cold snap doesn't lead to record power or gas consumption

People in Saskatchewan managed to stay warm throughout the latest cold snap without setting any records.

SaskEnergy reports natural gas use is high, but falls short of breaking any consumption records. SaskPower is seeing the same situation.

"It may have had something to do with the day of the week. Yesterday being Sunday, lots of businesses are closed and people are at home more," said Tyler Hopson, spokesperson for SaskPower.

Water main break floods 18 rooms at U of R residence

Industrial vacuums are roaring as clean-up continues after a flood at the North Tower Residence at the University of Regina.

Offices on the main floor and 18 student dorm rooms sustained damage after a water main break late Sunday night. Only a few students were actually staying in the rooms at the time because the semester doesn’t start until Tuesday.

Environment Canada says deep freeze almost over

Saskatchewan is once again caught in a deep freeze caused by what U.S. weather specialists are dubbing the ‘polar vortex’ but at least this time we’re not alone.

The temperature is slightly warmer than Sunday with highs of - 20 C but wind chill warnings stretch across the province down to -50 C.

Some school divisions cancelled rural buses on what should have been the first day back in class for students but Regina Public Schools and Regina Catholic Schools are all running normally although they do advise students to bundle up.

Prince Albert mushers brave frigid weather to sled

With the wind chill dipping down to -48 C most people were trying to stay inside this weekend, but a few daring folks were out with dog sleds.

Blackout grips city on frigid night

As the temperature outside dipped below -30 C, several hundred Saskatoon residents felt the chill indoors when the power went out Sunday evening.

The Haultain, Nutana and Varsity View neighbourhoods lost their lights around dinner time, with outages continuing into the night until the power was restored shortly after 10 p.m.

On the city website, Saskatoon Light and Power said they were investigating problems with the Main Street substation.

Reginans still find reasons to be outside on coldest day of winter

Wind chills got as low as -51 C in Regina on Sunday, but some people still found a reason to head outside.

At mid-afternoon, Bradley Hanowski was walking around Wascana Lake.
“I always go for a walk around the lake. It’s a bit chilly with the wind, but it’s nice to be outside,” he said, adding that he would normally be running but had injured his leg.

But while Hanowski was outside trying to improve his health, others were outside trying to destroy it.

Winter sinks to a new low in Regina

It’s the type of day that can test your dedication to living in Saskatchewan.

Temperatures in Regina dipped down to -33 C on Sunday morning as a cold blast of Arctic air continued to clench its icy grip around the Canadian Prairies.

But it was the wind that was really astonishing.

“Minus 33 all by itself is cold. But you add in winds upwards of 20 or 30 kmh and that really whips away that little warm layer of protection and lets the cold get right to the skin,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Jim Slipeck.

Cold cancels winter festival in Buena Vista

As cold winter temperatures continue to reign in Southern Saskatchewan, some communities are having to postpone events and plan around it.

The 4th Buena Vista Winter Festival was set for Saturday but is now being moved to a later date because of the frigid weather.

"I think we would have gone ahead with (the festival) but the horses are a big draw," explained Donna Hall of the Buena Vista Winter Festival committee.

Update: Wind chill warnings across province as deep freeze settles back in

After a slight upwards tick in temperatures brought snow and high winds Friday, Regina and the rest of Saskatchewan have now settled back into a deep, frigid cold.

Early Saturday morning, Environment Canada began sending out wind chill warnings across the province, including in Regina where they were nearly – 40 C early on. Those wind chills are expected to stick around until Monday afternoon, and what’s even worse is they will get colder. Environment Canada has predicted -50 C wind chills for Sunday morning.

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