Snowstorm closes some highways, travel not recommended in parts of south and central Sask

4 March 2024
Snowstorm closes some highways, travel not recommended in parts of south and central Sask

The winter storm is entering its second day with areas like the Battlefords and Kindersley having their surrounding highways shut down or rated as travel not recommended by Highway Hotline.

Snowfall totals for areas in central and southern Saskatchewan are expected to reach up to 40 cm, and with wind gusts of 60 to 70 km/h, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Highways surrounding Saskatoon, the Battlefords and Kindersley range from travel not recommended to closures. Highway 16 leaving North Battleford for is closed as of 10:45 a.m. CST on Sunday.

The City of Saskatoon reported 21cm of snow accumulation and have set priority on plowing Circle Drive. All highways leaving the city are listed as travel not recommend

ed by Highway Hotline. (Highway Hotline)

Joy Matias, the assistant general manager at the Canalta Hotel in Kindersley, said the hotel was sold out on Sunday.

She said snow was up to her knees when she walked out of the house this morning, and she needed her manager to pick her up in a truck.

“We are already busy because of the skating [competition], but people wanted only to book for one night, but because of this snowstorm coming in, they are booking for the two nights,” said Matias.

“There is also one guest who was trembling because of, like, the experience that she had while driving here. She [was] crying because of how bad it was, like driving here in town.”

Matias added there are some guests trapped and waiting for roads to improve before hitting the road.

The City of North Battleford says recreation facilities including the Access Communications Centre, Don Ross Arena, Battlefords Co-op Aquatic Centre, NationsWEST Field House and the Don Ross Community Centre are closed because of the weather.

Their road crews have been out since 5 a.m. clearing priority one streets but they say the sheer volume of snow is slowing them down.

The Battlefords’ transit posted to social media that the transit system will not be running on Monday.

The City of Saskatoon reported 21 cm of snow accumulation and have set priority on plowing Circle Drive, grading priority one streets like roads to emergency services, then also clearing snow from priority two and three streets, which are main roadways in neighbourhoods and transit routes.

These leisure centres and the downtown public library are all closed according to a release from the city:

  • Cosmo Civic Centre.
  • Fitness Circuit & Terry Fox Track.
  • Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre.
  • Lakewood Civic Centre.
  • Lawson Civic Centre.
  • Saskatoon Field House.
  • Shaw Centre.
  • All indoor facilities.

The city asks residents to clear their sidewalks within 48 hours and businesses to do the same within 24 hours.

Delays and frequent disruptions are expected with transit according to the city, and checking the transit app is the best way to be up to date.

Access Transit is also limited, the city said, and “will operate as emergency services only, provided buses are able to access the area.”

Airports affected

YXE Saskatoon said additional staff have been brought in to clear snow and runway conditions remain good, although the storm has impacted flights due to poor visibility and wind conditions.

“As of Sunday morning, the airport is aware of approximately 30 flights cancelled this weekend due to the snowstorm,” stated an email from YXE Airport.

Regina’s YQR Airport has also had delays and disruption and are expecting more in the coming days.

There have been about 10 departures cancelled according to an email from the airport.

“Passengers should ensure they check with their airlines if their flight has been cancelled so they can be rescheduled as soon as possible,” stated the email.

The City of Regina has declared snow routes in effect from 6:00 a.m. CST monday to 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.

No on-street parking is allowed along the snow route to allow crews to clear the roads. More information on the snow routes can be found on the city’s website.

Source: cbc

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