Drivers struggle on Regina-area highways

Highway travel was not recommended around Regina Wednesday morning due to steady snow that's being whipped around by the wind.
RAW: A school bus was in the ditch on Highway 1 between Regina and Moose Jaw Wednesday morning. 0:37
This car was damaged in a crash at Arcola Avenue and Rothwell Street in Regina on Wednesday morning. (Kaitlyn Van De Woestyne)

Highway travel was difficult around Regina Wednesday due to steady snow that's being whipped around by the wind.

Early in the morning, travel-not-recommended advisories were issued by the Highways Ministry, applying to the Trans-Canada from Regina to west of Moose Jaw and east of Regina to Balgonie.

Snow was steadily falling around Regina early Wednesday morning. (CBC)

Highway 6 to the south and Highway 11 from Regina to west of Lumsden were also covered by the advisories. The warnings were later lifted. 

Along the Trans-Canada between Regina and Moose Jaw, there were several vehicles in the ditch, including a school bus.

Conditions are changing quickly, so people are advised to check the province's Highway Hotline.

Snow-clogged streets

Inside Regina city limits, neighbourhoods were clogged with snow in the morning and there were reports of slippery conditions on Lewvan Drive.

CBC Saskatchewan weather consultant Wayne Miskolczi said the snow was the result of mild Pacific air mixing with colder arctic air and it won't be the worst storm of the winter, but it will cause problems for drivers. 

The snow will ease off later in the day, but will return in the evening, leaving Regina with an accumulation of about 10 centimetres.

"It's just a case of a lot of snow falling," Miskolczi said. "That's going to be the pattern for the next few days."

Winter appears to have Regina in its sights, with 10 centimetres of snow expected by Thursday morning. (CBC)