Plows busy as storm socks Saskatchewan
Winter storm warnings have been issued around Saskatchewan, with heavy snow falling Monday morning in Saskatoon and other areas.
Before dawn, travel was not recommended at least 30 kilometres out of Saskatoon in all directions. By noon, the warning was still in effect for the Wakaw area and several highways east and west of the city.
Inside Saskatoon, plow crews worked through the night, but the continuing snow was making it difficult to keep up. Blowing snow piled up in drifts on main roads and drivers struggled with slippery intersections.
Five people were injured when two pickup trucks collided on an slippery highway east of Weyburn. Four males and a female were taken to hospital with injuries ranging from minor to serious.
Around the Regina area, plummeting temperatures have created slippery conditions on roads and sidewalks. While last night it was about 5 C, 12 hours later it was -14.
Drivers struggled all night on Highway 11 between Saskatoon and Regina and police were putting out multiple warnings about cars going in ditches.
There was a similar situation around North Battleford and Kindersley, which were also under travel advisories on Monday morning. Later in the day, the primary highways in the Battlefords area were OK'd for travel, but secondary highways were still no-go zones.
The Highways Ministry is advising people to check the Highway Hotline before venturing out.