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Environment Canada warns about icy and slippery roads in southern Sask.

People in Saskatoon are dealing with icy roads heading into weekend.

According to the city, Friday morning was difficult for driving and walking because of the overnight snowfall and freezing rain.

“Snow teams worked continuously overnight with deicing operations… Eighteensanders labored all night applying deicing material on Saskatoon’s streets with a special focus on Circle Drive and bridge decks and intersections on busy streets,” the city stated through a press release.

According to the city’s website, Sanders will continue his work day and nights, focusing on intersections, high speed streets, and bridge decks.

Terri Lang, a meteorologist at Environment and Climate Change Canada, advised drivers to be cautious.

“It was quite during the past 24 hours [in Saskatoon]Lang said that the temperature rose so much in the evening and then there was freezing rain.

“We did get some snow on top of that.” And now, the winds are blowing, so these roads are really icyin’ around the city.”

At 10 a.m. on Friday, the province warned of icy and slippery conditions across southern Saskatchewan, including Highway 1 from Regina to Moose Jaw. Indian Head to Regina, Moose Jaw Swift Current, Moose Jaw To Swift Current, and Swift Current to the Alberta border. The province also warned that there would be swirling or drifting snow on those roads as well as in Yorkton and Weyburn.

“There are some areas in southern Saskatchewan that are not recommended for travel, especially around Saskatoon.” Lang stated that people should always check the highway hotline before they travel.

She stated that Saskatchewan drivers can expect conditions to continue into the weekend.

“We will start to see our temperatures tumble during the day, because our winds have changed to the northwest direction. That always means colder weather. This won’t help the roads. And then [Saturday]We’re expecting snow on Sunday and Monday.”

Lang said that while Southern Saskatchewan won’t get much snow, it will be enough to cause problems. On Sunday, there may be rain which could make the slippery and icy sections even more treacherous.

Lang stated, “If you don’t have to venture out there then I wouldn’t venture out.””But if you do have to, make sure that you check the highway hotline before you go out and that you are prepared for these driving conditions.”

Lang stated that drivers should always have winter tires and an emergency kit in the car.

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