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City Gets Ready for Heavy Snowfall

For immediate release: January 25, 2018 - 2:00pm
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Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Saskatoon.  Heavy snow is expected to start early this evening and continue Friday, with an estimated total accumulation of 10-15 centimetres.

The snow will cause slippery conditions on roadways. City crews have up to 8 plows and 25 graders ready to clear priority streets and treat slippery sections with sand pre-wet with magnesium chloride to help it stick.      

During the storm event, all city resources will be mobilized to preserve mobility on high traffic, high speed roadways such as Circle Drive and Idylwyld Drive.   Snow plowing can cause whiteouts and reduced visibility on freeways during a heavy snowfall.  Drivers are reminded to hang back out of the snow cloud and watch for blue lights that indicate winter road maintenance is underway.

What you can expect:

  • Snow and ice may cause bridges, ramps, overpasses and high-traffic intersections to be icy.
  • City crews will be focussing efforts on clearing high traffic, high volume roadways such as Circle Drive, followed by key arterials, and then local and collector priority streets.  All priority streets are to be graded within 72 hours of the end of the storm.
  • Under heavy snowfall, plows on Circle Drive may be travelling at reduced speeds.
  • Transit service alerts and real-time tracking information are available at SaskatoonTransit.ca and on Google Maps or Transit App.  

What you can do:

  • Slow down and use extra caution.
  • Watch for blue and amber flashing lights on winter road 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.  Passing is not recommended and may not be possible.
  • When safe to do so, drivers can report icy or snowed-in 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.