Winter travel warnings issued for Sask. highways Sunday

Highways near Regina and Saskatoon have reduced visibility due to blowing snow and powerful winds Sunday.

Blowing snow, high winds reducing visibility near Regina, Saskatoon

A single-vehicle rollover near Swift Current, where conditions on Hwy. 1 were treacherous Sunday morning. (Courtesy Swift Current Rural RCMP-GRC)

Powerful winds, blowing snow, and even freezing rain are making travel a near impossibility on at some Saskatchewan highways this weekend.

Swift Current Rural RCMP responded to a series of collisions and single-vehicle rollovers on Hwy. 1 Sunday morning, where freezing rain and high winds made for treacherous travel on the highway.

None of the accidents resulted in life-threatening injuries, said the RCMP. 

Highway conditions had improved by early Sunday afternoon, although police were still warning drivers to watch for icy sections and limit speeds.

Highways deemed unsafe

In other parts of the province, highway hotline monitors advised drivers to stay off certain highways altogether.

At around 2 p.m. CST Sunday, the provincial government's highway website warned people not to travel on Highway 4 between Meadow Lake and Glaslyn, where swirling snow and icy conditions were making travel perilous.

Previous reports had urged travellers not to take Highway 41 between Wakaw and the Highway 27 junction near Aberdeen, as well as Highway 6 from Regina to the Piapot grid road, about 30 km north of the city.
Blowing snow is reducing visibility on Hwy. 6 north of Regina.

Both reports were later downgraded, though drifting snow and reduced visibility remained a factor.

Visibility was also reduced along Hwy. 1 between Moose Jaw and Indian Head, as well as near Weyburn.

Environment Canada issued a blowing snow warning for Regina and surrounding areas Sunday, where winds gusts were reported as high as 62 km/h.

People planning to travel on the province's highways can check the latest condition reports on the Highway Hotline website before heading out.