City snow fleet kicks in to combat winter

Road maintenance crews are working to clean streets after first blast of winter.

Still targetting priority streets for salting and scraping

Traffic backed up northbound on Circle Drive (CBC)

The city is still working to clean up after the "perfect storm" kicked off winter,

Freezing rain Sunday turned to snow, followed by high winds and freezing temperatures. By Monday morning, fall had definitely turned to winter.

The city is continuing to salt and scrape main streets. These include the freeway, access to hospitals and ambulance sites and major roads such as 8th Street East and 22nd Street West.

Crews were out early cleaning city streets. (CBC)
It's also moving to the so-called "priority 2" streets, which include rapid transit bus routes and thoroughfares like Broadway, Fairlight Drive and 37th Street.

Just before noon, Saskatoon Transit said services were running on schedule, but it is expected to be affected during peak times this afternoon. It said it will have all available buses and operators on the road to minimize the impact on passengers.

The city asked drivers this morning to be patient when travelling behind snow plows, and to be careful because it's still very slippery on most streets.

Meanwhile, police and MD Ambulance both report a busy day of accidents.

MD went to two highway accidents, one involving an armoured truck that rolled in the ditch south of Saskatoon. Two cars also went into the ditch near Vanscoy. No one was hurt in either crash.

In the city, a four-car crash last night on the 400 block of Avenue P South kept police busy. Slippery roads are to blame. No one was hurt seriously.

Finally, an 83-year-old man is in hospital in serious condition. He had a heart attack while using his snow blower.

Replay Saskatoon Morning's live chat about the city's snow clearing and sanding efforts.


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