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City Crews Prepared for Flurries & Freezing Drizzle

For immediate release: April 13, 2017 - 4:14pm
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Environment Canada is forecasting wind gusts to 70 km/h this afternoon, with showers and a risk of a thunderstorm beginning after midnight. Heading into the weekend, weather forecasts predict high winds and heavy rain Saturday, with snow flurries and a low of minus 9 overnight. The significant drop in temperature may result in icy conditions on pavement surfaces.

As many drivers have removed their winter tires, snow and ice may impact driving conditions over the weekend. Drivers are reminded to slow down and use extra caution on high-traffic roads and priority streets such as Circle Drive, overpasses and bridges. 

While the City has a smaller fleet of winter maintenance equipment available at this time of year, in the event of poor road conditions, City roadways crews will still be out. They will apply sand and salt around-the-clock to treat icy roads and increase traction if required.

What you can expect:

  • Low temperatures and high winds may cause bridges, ramps, overpasses and high-traffic intersections to be icy.
  • City crews will monitor and apply salt and sand along Circle Drive, high-traffic streets and bridge decks as required.
  • Even with the use of salt and sand, extra moisture from snow can create slippery conditions during peak driving times. 
  • Response times may be slowed based on seasonal equipment availability.

What you can do:

  • Slow down and use extra caution.
  • 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 salting and sanding progress when it snows at saskatoon.ca/service-alerts or follow us on Twitter @YXEServiceAlert.