Saskatchewan RCMP: winter weather causing poor road conditions in some areas

A spring storm continues to bring snow and high winds to many parts of Saskatchewan.

From midnight on April 17 to 8 a.m. this morning, Saskatchewan RCMP’s Division Operational Communication Centre received 68 reports of motor vehicle collisions and eight reports of weather-related traffic hazards. These reports were received from Saskatchewan RCMP jurisdiction throughout the province.

Road conditions continue to be poor in some areas today. In particular, Saskatoon RCMP advises that high winds are creating poor visibility and drifting on Highway #11 and other roads around Saskatoon.

Residents in all areas are urged to check the weather and road conditions along your route on Saskatchewan Highway Hotline. If poor weather or road conditions exist or are forecasted, consider delaying travel if possible. If travel is necessary, stay on roads that have recently received road maintenance. Travellers can access information on road conditions and track what roads have been plowed, salted, and/or sanded within the last two hours at

If you determine it’s safe to head out, please consider the following winter driving tips:

• Scrape all the ice off your windows before driving – if you can’t see, you can’t drive safely!

• Remove all snow from your vehicle, including from your headlights, taillights and roof.

• Slow down on slippery or snowy roads.

• Be gentle and smooth when you accelerate, brake or steer.

• Using cruise control on icy or snowy roads can be dangerous! If you skid, your vehicle will accelerate and rapidly spin its wheels as it tries to maintain a constant speed.

• Be prepared for anything: consider stocking your vehicle with extra warm clothes, candles, matches, non-perishable snacks, a snow shovel, traction mats, booster cables and a tow rope or chain.

• If you become stranded on the highway, do not leave your vehicle! Turn on your vehicle periodically to warm up, but try to conserve fuel. Make sure your tailpipe remains clear of ice and snow, or carbon monoxide could potentially seep into your vehicle.