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Heavy Snowfall Forecast May Direct Crews Back to High Traffic Roadways

For immediate release: March 5, 2018 - 11:31am
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With yesterday’s snowfall, City crews have been clearing snow from priority streets starting with high traffic, high volume roads including Circle Drive, 8th Street, 22nd Street, and Idylwyld Drive. These streets are now clear and forces have moved to lower priority streets.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Saskatoon calling for between 15 and 20 cm of snow starting today and continuing through Monday night. Heavy snowfall will likely force City crews to redirect back to the highest priority streets to ensure that traffic flow is maintained. Some priority streets that have not been graded may be deferred until this storm has passed.

 What you can expect from us

  • Snow and ice may cause bridge decks, freeway ramps, overpasses and high-traffic intersections to be icy.
  • Crews will stay on high traffic, high volume roadways while the snow persists.
  • Priority 2 and Priority 3 roadways will be cleared within 72 hours of the snowfall ending.
  • All three snow storage sites are open for snow haulers.
  • Transit service alerts and real-time tracking information are available at SaskatoonTransit.ca and on Google Maps or Transit App.  

 How you can help us

  • Slow down and use extra caution in winter driving conditions.
  • 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.
  • Remember to clear all residential sidewalks within 48 hours, and business sidewalks within 24 hours.