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High winds causing drifting snow and reduced visibility

For immediate release: January 20, 2021 - 12:32pm

High winds are causing drifting snow resulting in snow accumulation, icy conditions on roadways, intersections, and sidewalks, and reduced visibility around the City.  Crews are clearing snow at locations where snow has drifted onto the roadway, monitoring high traffic roads, and applying de-icing material as required.

Access to the off-leash recreation area north of Hampton Village is restricted due to reoccurring drifting snow closing Junor Avenue and Whelan Road.

Drivers are reminded to exercise caution when driving and adjust your speed. High winds can lead to drifting and white-out conditions, icy bridge decks, ramps and intersections.  Please watch keep for snow equipment, staying at least 2-3 vehicle lengths behind and be prepared to stop quickly. 

Other reminders during high wind events:

Saskatoon Waste

  • Store garbage and recycling carts as soon as possible after collections to avoid empty bins blowing around on streets.

Parks & Urban Forestry  

  • Strong winds can result in tree branch failure.  To report storm damaged trees please call Urban Forestry at 306-975-2890 (Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.) or the 24-hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476 (after hours and weekends). For more information, visit 

For more information on the City’s winter operations visit

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather send an email to On Twitter follow #skstorm