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Freezing Rain & Blowing Snow May Affect Evening Commute

For immediate release: January 9, 2018 - 11:57am
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With freezing rain and snow in the forecast, Roadways crews will be out treating potential icy areas.  Trucks will salt and sand priority roads and high-traffic intersections throughout the afternoon and evening.

As the mixed precipitation and blowing snow may – at times – create poor driving conditions, drivers are reminded to be cautious on overpasses and bridges or high-traffic roads like Circle Drive.  Roadways can remain icy in these conditions despite continued sanding and salting efforts.

What you can expect:

  • City crews will apply sand and salt to high-traffic roads and priority streets, starting with Circle Drive and freeways as required.
  • Possible reduced visibility, sections of snow-covered road and slow-moving traffic during the evening commute.
  • Periodic sections of slippery roadways and slow-moving traffic.
  • Even with the use of salt and sand, extra moisture may cause slippery conditions during peak driving times, especially on bridges where ice particles may be in the air above the river. 
  • Priority one streets and bridge decks are inspected and treated as necessary.

What you can do:

  • Please 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.
  • Sidewalk users are also encouraged to use extra caution.