Saskatchewan

Spring storm blasts Saskatchewan

Icy roads were the norm around Saskatchewan Friday, with many areas being hit by freezing rain and blowing snow.
Blowing snow was reducing visibility on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Regina on Friday. (Dean Gutheil/CBC)

Icy roads were the norm around Saskatchewan Friday, with many areas being hit by freezing rain and blowing snow.

Early in the morning, the provincial highways ministry said travel was not recommended in the Gravelbourg, Assiniboia and Morse areas because the roads were ice-covered.

For a while, Environment Canada said, one of the worst areas was around Kindersley, where there was freezing rain for about four hours overnight.

At one point, there were 40 semis backed up on Highway 11 on Blackstrap Hill south of Saskatoon.

By noon, conditions had improved somewhat, but blowing snow was still causing reduced visibility.

Some drivers said snow drifts were making driving treacherous between Regina and Moose Jaw, with several cars ending up in the ditch.

Shortly before 2 p.m., a semi-truck jackknifed amid slippery conditions on Regina's Ring Road east of Albert Street South. Police said there would be delays in the eastbound lanes for several hours.

Mark Gerlyand, a meteorologist with the weather agency, said Regina can expect more snow and freezing rain.

It creates a dangerous situation for drivers, so people should check the Highway Hotline before they head out, he said.

Some areas of the province were expected to receive as much as 10 centimetres of snow Friday.