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Record cold grips the Prairies, warm-up on the way

Prairie residents eager for spring, but winter continues to hang on
Prairie residents eager for spring, but winter continues to hang on

Staff writers

April 24, 2013 — Record breaking cold temperatures in parts of the Prairies is leaving some people wondering if the spring season will ever arrive.

Temperatures rising by the weekend
Temperatures rising by the weekend

It seems to be a never ending winter across parts of the Prairies this year with record cold temperatures still falling in some places.

On Monday morning, at least 12 communities in Saskatchewan alone beat the previous record cold temperature set that day.

According to Environment Canada, the province has seen its coldest March and April in over 100 years. 

Tuesday was another frigid start to the day with more records broken in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. To make matters worse, some areas even picked up some accumulating snow.

"The good news is, temperatures are rising," says Meghan Yeo, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "By the end of this week and into the weekend, places like Regina and Saskatoon will see temperatures in the mid-teens." 

While many residents may be looking forward to more seasonal conditions, the warming temperatures have flood forecasters on high alert. 

"Many parts of the Prairies still have a lot of snow on the ground, so a warming trend could mean rapid snow melt  which could then result in flooding," adds Brian Dillon, another Weather Network meteorologist. 

Officials are keeping a close eye on water levels and flood protection measures are already in place.

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