Current weather forecasts are predicting flurries with potential for freezing rain in and around Saskatoon overnight and Thursday. Tonight up to 18 sanders will be in operation as required, applying salt on priority streets and high-risk intersections overnight to prevent icing, as required. If icing occurs, sand will be applied where necessary for traction prior to peak morning commute.
Even with the use of salt and sand to prevent icing, the change in temperature with extra moisture can create icy conditions during peak driving times. Drivers are reminded to slow down and be cautious.
Temperatures are forecasted to stay just below zero over the next few days, as a result the freezing rain that falls could keep sidewalks and roadways slippery for an extended period of time, especially if covered by snow that is forecasted to follow the rain. A proactive sanding and de-icing on the priority street network will continue in advance of the forecasted rain with a full complement of equipment, as required.
Messages for drivers:
- Please use extra caution and reduce speed.
- Maintenance equipment can be found on the road at any time of day or night. Drivers should stay back a minimum of 15 metres (about 2.5 car lengths) and approach slowly if passing is necessary.
- Please report icy locations to the Public Works Customer Service at 306-975-2476.
Sidewalk users are also encouraged to use extra caution.
Pre-planned overnight snow removal in the Downtown Business Improvement area will continue as needed, and will be postponed if freezing rain occurs as crews will be diverted to sanding operations.
When safe to do so, drivers can report icy locations to Public Works Customer Service at 306-975-2476.