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Winter road conditions return to City streets after late season snow

For immediate release: April 12, 2018 - 9:53am

Light snow, compounded by high moisture levels and lower temperatures overnight, created winter road conditions for this morning’s commute.

The City had 14 sanders out overnight, providing traction on Priority 1 streets (major roadways, and accesses to emergency services and hospitals) and at slippery intersections city-wide. Direct sunshine and warmer temperatures this morning will melt ice on roadways, but motorists are reminded ice in shaded locations –such as areas under overpasses – will not melt as quickly. These locations will be treated with salt and sand, but may remain slippery throughout the day.

Priority 1 roadways are expected to be clear of snow and ice by the end of the day, so drivers are advised to watch for pooling water on roadways caused by meltwater. This excess moisture and below freezing temperatures may also create new potholes.

 What you can expect from us

  • Sanders are on Priority 1 roadways and slippery intersections city-wide.
  • Salt and sand will be used on shaded roadways where sun will not melt ice.
  • Crews will be working to fill new potholes and repair rough utility cuts caused by excess moisture.
  • City crews will continue to clear ice and debris from catch basins and culverts to allow for proper drainage of meltwater. This work will continue until the end of the snowmelt.

 How you can help us

  • Drivers are advised to drive with caution and to expect slippery conditions to continue in shaded areas.
  • Drivers are reminded to watch for pooling meltwater and new potholes on roadways.  
  • If you see areas where pooling water may be a hazard, please contact our 24-hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476. New potholes can be reported using the City’s Report-A-Pothole App