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Winter Driving Conditions Expected Overnight and Saturday

For immediate release: March 2, 2018 - 2:00pm
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An Environment Canada winter storm warning is in effect for Saskatoon. High winds and snow are expected to start this evening and continue Saturday, with an estimated total accumulation of 10 centimetres and winds gusting up to 50-60 km/hr.

Drifting snow and reduced visibility is expected on Saskatoon roads and drivers are reminded to adjust their speed for winter driving conditions.

City crews have up to 8 plows and 25 graders ready to clear priority streets and reduce ice formation with sand pre-wet with magnesium chloride, which helps it stick.      

 What you can expect from us

  1. Snow and ice may cause bridge decks, freeway ramps, overpasses and high-traffic intersections to be icy.
  2. Plows clear high traffic, high volume roadways such as Circle Drive, Idylwyld Drive, College Drive, 22nd Street and 8th Street during and following the storm.
  3. If there is more than 5 centimetres of snow, graders clear all priority 2 and 3 streets once the snow stops within 72 hours.
  4. 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

  1. Slow down and use extra caution in winter driving conditions.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.