The warm weather is a welcome change for many in Regina, but it’s also bringing back something that’s not-so-welcome - ruts.
And although the city is beginning to switch its focus to spring activities like clearing catch basins, it hasn’t totally forgot about the remaining snow and ice.
“We do have crews at all areas of the city, so they’re out there plowing the residential streets in an effort to reduce the rutting as much as possible as well as even expose the pavement,” said Chris Warren, Manager of Winter Maintenance.
A week into the voting, and the worst roads in Saskatchewan are starting to become pretty clear.
Once again this year, CAA is asking you to vote for the absolute worst road in the entire province.
So far, Highway 42 by Dinsmore is the leading the way, followed by Highway 908 near Ile a La Crosse in the north, and Pasture Road in Rosetown.
Last year's worst road, highway 22 by Earl Grey remains on the list coming in as the ninth worst road in Saskatchewan so far.
The complete top 10 is:
While crews will place the preventive sandbags and barriers, Jay O'Connor, the manager of emergency management with the City of Regina, admits part of the work will be watching areas expected to be hit with the worst flooding.
In some areas, the City is preparing for water drastically affecting people's homes.
"We are working on what we're calling an evacuation plan for any of the communities protected by dikes," O'Connor explained.
"Just on the off chance something does happen, we have a dike rupture or we have a sandbag failure."
March 2013 will be remembered for its cold, miserable weather, and Environment Canada confirms that it ranked as the second-coldest March in the last 50 years.
"It was so winter-like, my gosh it was even more winter-like than February," said David Phillips, chief meteorologist with Environment Canada.
In Regina, the average daily temperature during March measured around -12.3 C.
Driving around the city has its share of hazards on a good winter day, now with the start of the spring melt drivers are dealing with pot-holes, frozen slush and six inch deep puddles.
The province says a U of R professor who spoke out about their flooding efforts this week doesn't have her facts straight.
Dena McMartin, an associate professor of environmental systems engineerings with the University, said this week they haven't properly prepared for potential flooding. However, government relations minister Jim Reiter disagrees.
"Nothing could be further from the truth."
Provincial flood response crews were filling sandbags on Thursday as part of a refresher course at Katepwa Thursday.
Warren Bobbee is hoping he won't need those sand bags. Bobbee handles emergency preparation in Katepwa and has held that responsibility for quite a while.
He’s been preparing for flooding since the start of the year. The community is expecting water levels to rise just a foot lower than in 2011.
If you want to get away from the snow, you don’t actually have to buy a plane ticket, you could just head to southwest Saskatchewan.
While most of central and southeast Saskatchewan still buried under several feet of snow people are already golfing in Maple Creek.
Barry Rudd is the mayor of the province’s southwest hotspot, and he confirms all of their snow is already gone. The temperatures have even hit 10 C in the past few days.
The southwest town was hit hard by flooding in 2010, but Rudd says they're not too worried about it this year.
Two years after a historic flood in southern Saskatchewan, communities are bracing for high waters once again.
In the valley town of Fort Qu’Appelle, Mayor Ron Osika says they’ve learned a lot since 2011.
“We’ve enhanced our berms and we’ve dredged Echo Creek that empties out into Mission Lake and we’re working with our emergency measures group in the community,” Osika said.
He added that the town is also prepared to help surrounding communities which may have more trouble with the water than Fort Qu’Appelle.
With temperatures set to climb this long weekend the spring melt could be starting, so what can you do to prevent your basement from flooding?
CJME's Patrick Book brought the city of Regina's emergency co-ordinator Jay O’Connor to his house to get the scoop.
O’Connor says the biggest concern is getting the snow in the right place. A good rule of thumb is to move all the snow about six feet away from your foundation.