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High Winds Cause Drifting Snow on Circle Drive

For immediate release: January 30, 2018 - 3:00pm
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High winds and recent heavy snowfall have created drifting snow on roadways throughout the city, including Circle Drive.  The City reminds drivers to use caution on high traffic and priority roads, and around intersections as sweeping wind gusts will reduce visibility and cause slippery sections and snow drifts.

Despite the City’s current plowing, sanding, and salting efforts, ice buildup and drifting snow are occurring in unsheltered, outlying areas, requiring crews to revisit locations repeatedly with plows and salt/sand mixtures. 

What you can expect:

  • High winds are causing drifting snow on roadways, including Circle Drive.
  • City crews are assessing road conditions on priority streets, such as Circle Drive, plowing and applying sand as required.
  • Crews are adjusting to the demands the weather has created and are currently on the roads in full force getting ready for the evening commute. 
  • Possible reduced visibility, sections of snow-covered roads and slow-moving traffic.
  • Even with the use of salt and sand, blowing snow will cause slippery conditions during peak driving times, especially on exposed roadways. 
  • Transit service alerts and real-time tracking information is available at SaskatoonTransit.ca and on Google Maps or Transit App.  

What you can do:

  • Drivers are reminded to reduce speed and be aware that the combination of high wind and icy conditions can cause road conditions to change quickly.
  • 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 and drifting snow to the 24-hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476 or email snow@saskatoon.ca.
  • Plan your bus route in advance on your mobile device with the real-time Google Maps or Transit App.
  • Be in the Know About Snow! Learn more about what happens when it snows at saskatoon.ca/snow.