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City crews cleaning up after a night of severe winds and a mix of rain and snow

For immediate release: January 14, 2021 - 9:22am
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Saskatoon experienced severe weather beginning yesterday afternoon and throughout the evening. Heavy winds and a mix of rain, snow and freezing temperatures resulted in icy streets and snow drifts while total snowfall accumulation was low.   

City crews worked throughout the night spreading salt and sand on the City’s highest traffic streets with 18 sanders and 9 plows to address drifting. Please keep a safe distance when you see blue and amber flashing lights to let road equipment complete their work. 

City crews will continue spreading sand and salt today with 20 sanders focussing on the highest traffic streets, bridge decks and intersections that are at higher risk for slippery conditions while continuing to address locations that have experienced drifting. 

Several traffic signals were affected last night from the strong winds. Crews continue to make repairs on them today.  

Conditions are expected to improve throughout the day with warming temperatures, and salting.

Snow removal planned for last night along priority streets wasn’t completed due to high winds and a need to focus on salting and sanding. It will be rescheduled for early in the week of January 17th

When safe to do so, you can report icy locations to the Customer Care Centre at 306-975-2476 or customercare@saskatoon.ca

 

Saskatoon Light & Power

Several power outages were reported last night, and power has been restored to all areas with the exception of an isolated outage affecting just over a dozen homes in Nutana ParkOnce Saskatoon Light & Power is aware of an outage, a Service Alert is posted to saskatoon.ca and YXEServiceAlert on Twitter. Once identified, the cause of the outage is noted along with the anticipated time for power restoration.

Saskatoon Transit  

Fixed route and Access Transit service is operating as regularly scheduled. Customers may experience delays due to winter driving conditions. Transit service alerts, real-time bus locations, and arrivals are available on third party apps like Transit or Google Maps Transit on desktop.  

Parks & Urban Forestry  

A combination of freezing rain, snow, and strong winds may have resulted in tree branch failure. To report storm damaged trees please call Urban Forestry at 306-975-2890 (Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.) or the 24-hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476 (after hours and weekends). For more information, visit saskatoon.ca/treeinspections 

For more information on the City’s winter operations visit saskatoon.ca/snow