Saskatchewan

Prince Albert snaps century-old cold weather record, 1 of 12 new cold weather records set

The cold snap continues in Saskatchewan today, with the entire province once again under an extreme cold warning.

Coronach was coldest place in province, setting new record of -46.5 C

Temperatures in Saskatoon hit a low of -39 C Thursday but that didn't stop Jay Brown from going for a run. (Jay Brown/Twitter)

The cold snap continued in Saskatchewan on Friday, with 12 communities setting new temperature records in the frigid weather.

Prince Albert broke a -42.8 C record that was set in 1899, with a new record of -44.8. Coronach was the coldest place in the province, setting a new weather record of -46.5 C. That broke a record of -41 C set in 1994.

Assiniboia, Elbow, Estevan, Hudson Bay, Key Lake, Last Mountain, Meadow Lake, Melfort, Nipawin and Weyburn all set records as well, with cold weather temperatures in each of the communities ranging from -37 C to -44 C.

​The mild spot in Saskatchewan was –22.9 C in Cypress Hills Provincial Park.

Several cold records have been broken this week across the province, with Saskatoon also breaking a 112-year-old record.

With a wind chill making temperatures feel like –28 to –39, frostbite can happen in 10 to 30 minutes; with wind chill at –40 to –47, frostbite can happen in five to 10 minutes.

Frozen pipes in Regina

The cold weather has also caused a lot of headaches with frozen water lines in the City of Regina.

Director of water and waste Pat Wilson says the department had 20 calls about frozen lines on Friday alone, with emergency crews dispatched to investigate.

If the line is on the city side, workers thaw the line or call a contractor to do so, so that water can be restored.

"Our intent is to get that water turned on as quickly as possible and it takes a little time; then what we would do is get a jug out to them so they've at least got an immediate supply," said Wilson. 

Frost is reaching six feet under ground in the city, according to Wilson.  

Frozen lines can be fixed with a rod, a light electrical current or steam. In the worst cases, the line has to be dug up.

About the Author

Ashleigh Mattern is a reporter and copy editor with CBC Saskatoon and CBC Saskatchewan, and an associate producer with Saskatoon Morning. She has been working as a journalist since 2007 and joined CBC in 2017. Email: ashleigh.mattern@cbc.ca.

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