Freezing rain: road maintenance update & sidewalk safety reminder
Environment Canada forecasts a good chance of light snow and wind gusts to 50 km/h this afternoon with the current above-freezing temperatures falling to around -3 degrees. There is a possibility of flurries continuing overnight, and temperatures are expected to cool off near -14 degrees by Saturday night.
What you can expect from us
- Monitoring and salting high-traffic roads and priority streets, including Circle Drive and freeways.
- Salting intersections in residential areas, on bridge decks and overpasses.
- Even with the use of salt and sand, extra moisture from snow and freezing drizzle may cause slippery conditions during peak driving times.
How you can help us
- Slow down and use extra caution this afternoon and during the commute this evening.
- 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 (two-and-a-half 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 email@example.com.
- Be in the Know About Snow! Learn more about what happens when it snows at saskatoon.ca/snow.
As road maintenance crews continue to address priority streets and high-risk intersections, the Saskatoon Fire Department warns pedestrians to proceed with caution on ice-covered sidewalks. Firefighters also remind homeowners to spread salt and sand on sidewalks around their property to prevent falls and ensure everyone has a safe holiday season.