Temperatures to take a dive

Parkland Ambulance Care Ltd. has seen an increase in the number of service calls due to falling, but spokesman Lyle Karasiuk said the weather isn’t totally to blame.

Residents can say goodbye to the unseasonably warm weather Prince Albert saw over the weekend.

The temperature rose to as high as -1.1C Monday, according to Environment Canada. That’s well above the average high of -13.5 C.

Even Monday’s -8 low was higher than what this region usually sees.

But Tuesday’s sudden chill is more of what residents can expect this week.

Wind chills are predicted to fall to the sub -30 level Wednesday and Thursday, with nighttime lows matching that mark later in the week.

Friday’s high will only be -24 Celsius, with temperatures hitting -33 at night.

Those frigid days are bringing sunny skies along for the ride, prognosticators say.

The average high for this time of year is a comparatively balmy -13, with lows averaging around the -25 mark.

Record lows sit around -40 C.

Parts of northern Saskatchewan will see temperatures dip into the -40s with the wind chill over the next few days.
According to the Weather Network, those low temperatures will continue into February.

City plowing residential streets

A break in the snow has allowed city crews to catch up with the plowing schedule.

The downtown snow lift was completed Sunday night and Monday morning, and residential areas are next on the city’s list.

According to a public service announcement released Tuesday, snow plowing crews started moving into residential areas for a second round of plowing this winter. The Westview neighbourhood was up first.

The city is asking residents to move parked cars from streets prior to graders coming through. Neighbourhoods will see no parking signs put up at least 12 hours before plows come through. Parked cars that remain on the street after the 12 hours will risk fines starting at $50 and towing.

The plowing will result in windrows accumulating along curbs, which may impact parking. Unlike snow lifts, which include trucking snow out of a neighbourhood, residential operations only clear the road of snow as opposed to removing it entirely.