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City Crews Prepare for Changing Temperatures and Icy Road Conditions

For immediate release: January 29, 2018 - 4:00pm
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As temperatures warm overnight, Environment Canada is forecasting periods of ice pellets with a risk of freezing rain and snow flurries tomorrow morning.  Throughout the day tomorrow, temperatures are expected to drop dramatically to below -20 by overnight Tuesday.  This combination of shifting temperatures and mixed precipitation has the potential to create icy conditions on roads and sidewalks city-wide. 

Drivers are reminded to slow down and use extra caution on high-traffic roads and priority streets such as Circle Drive, overpasses, and bridges. Extra time may be needed for tomorrow’s morning commute.

City crews will monitor road conditions and apply a salt solution with magnesium chloride to help prevent ice from forming on priority 1, 2, and 3 streets as required.  Sand will be applied for traction at the first sign of ice.

Crews will also work to clear ice and create traction on sidewalks adjacent to City-owned facilities, pedestrian overpasses, bridge walkways, and high-pedestrian locations.  Residents are reminded to help keep sidewalks safe for pedestrians by clearing their ice and helping others if they can.  Business owners are also asked to help prevent ice build-up in front of storefronts and around properties.

 What you can expect 

  • Fluctuating temperatures and mixed precipitation may cause busy roadways, bridges, ramps, overpasses, and high-traffic intersections to be icy overnight and tomorrow morning. 
  • City crews will monitor roadways and apply an anti-ice/sand mixture along Circle Drive, high-traffic streets, and bridge decks as required.  
  • Even with the use of salt and sand, extra moisture from ice pellets, freezing rain, and snow flurries can create slippery conditions during peak driving times.
  • Transit service alerts and real-time tracking information is available at SaskatoonTransit.ca and on Google Maps or Transit App.  

 How you can help us

  • Slow down and use extra caution.
  • Consider allowing extra time for tomorrow morning’s commute.
  • Plan your bus route in advance on your mobile device with the real-time Google Maps or Transit App.
  • Watch for blue and amber flashing lights on snow maintenance equipment. If you encounter equipment on the road, slow down, remain at least 15 metres (2.5 car lengths) behind, and be ready to stop.
  • When safe to do so, drivers can report icy locations to the 24-hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476 or email snow@saskatoon.ca.
  • Be in the Know About Snow! Learn more about what happens when it snows at saskatoon.ca/snow.

Find real-time alerts about grading progress when it snows at saskatoon.ca/service-alerts or follow us on Twitter @YXEServiceAlert