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City Crews Ready for Early Spring Storm

For immediate release: March 22, 2018 - 4:00pm
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An early spring storm is forecast to hit Saskatoon tomorrow before the morning commute, bringing 5 to15 centimetres of wet snow throughout the day and into Saturday.

Much of the snow that falls is expected to melt on contact or become slushy due to recent warmer weather and above freezing temperatures in the forecast. This combination may increase the risk of flooding in high risk areas.

Plows will be actively clearing snow from high-traffic, high-speed roads as soon as snow starts to accumulate.

 What you can expect from us

  • Possible wet, slushy conditions with icy patches on roadways.
  • Plows will be grading snow from priority roads and at high-traffic intersections during and following the snowfall.
  • Graders and boilers will be clearing catch basins, allowing melted snow on the road to drain.  
  • Ponding may occur on some streets as the snow melts, which is normal as it drains into the stormwater system.
  • Transit service alerts and real-time tracking information is available at SaskatoonTransit.ca and on Google Maps or Transit App.  

 What you can do

  • Report blocked catch basins that are causing major flooding to the 24-hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476 or email snow@saskatoon.ca.
  • Drivers are reminded to slow down and use extra caution, especially if there are puddles that can hide potholes.
  • Watch for work crews and if you encounter equipment on the road, slow down, remain at least 15 metres (2.5 car lengths) behind, and be ready to stop.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists are also encouraged to be cautious.