Saskatchewan has received its first blast of wintry weather — with snow and slippery roads causing problems in a number of areas.

The Highways Ministry said travel was not recommended on the sections of some major highways, including portions of Highway 11 between Regina and Saskatoon and between Saskatoon and Prince Albert.

Central and western Saskatchewan got it the worst, with 10 to 15 centimetres of snow expected in some communities.

City snow plows were busy in Saskatoon Monday morning, which received about 6 cm overnight and was under a weather warning.

Regina traffic snarled

Traffic heading into the city was backed up on Lewvan Drive in the morning. (Roxanna Woloshyn/CBC)

Icy conditions were contributing to some traffic accidents.

Around 3 a.m. CST, a semi-truck rolled on Highway 16 near Boychuk Drive and ended up in the ditch, leaving the driver with minor injuries. Slippery conditions were believed to be a factor.

 The storm was over the eastern part of the province Monday morning and was moving into Manitoba today.
A further 2 to 4 cm of snow are expected in parts of Saskatchewan today.

Saskatoon snow clearing

Snow-clearing machines were out in force in Saskatoon Monday morning. (Dan Zakreski/CBC)

Strong northwesterly winds are blowing the snow around, reducing visibility and causing poor travelling conditions, particularly around Saskatoon and northwest of North Battleford.

Regina got off relatively easy overnight, but conditions deteriorated in the morning, and city crews were dispatched to sand and salt the roads.

Commuters heading toward the downtown faced long lineups along Lewvan Drive.

Motorists planning to use the highways are being advised to check the Highway Hotline