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Saskatoon wakes up to a wintery morning

Blowing snow creates poor visibility for drivers
Reported by Angela Hill
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It's ugly on the streets of Saskatoon this morning. Snow that has been falling all night has created deep banks and drifts making the drive to work difficult in the city.

Roads are open, but visibility an issue.

According to News Talk reporter Bre McAdam, who is driving around the city on Circle Drive checking out conditions, the most difficult part is being passed by a speeding driver because it causes a whiteout for others on the road.

Traffic is moving around the city, but much slower than posted speeds.

Public transit is operating under the regular schedule, but is experiencing delays from of about 15 to 20 minutes, the same applies for access transit. According to the city, the Brier Hotel Shuttle Service is still running, but with the traffic moving slowly on Idylwyld Drive delays are expected.

Two outbound flights from Saskatoon AC8299 to Edmonton and AC8581 to Calgary have been cancelled. Inbound flights AC8298 from Edmonton, AC8582 from Calgary and AC8293 from Winnipeg are cancelled as well.

The Environment Canada's snowfall warning is still in effect and they are forecasting up to an additional 10 centimetres of snow today.

It system is expected to pass and snow should taper off by later this afternoon. The temperature continues to stay around -6 C.

According to the Highway Hotline, travel is not recommended for all roads in the Saskatoon, Rosetown and Kyle regions.

A driver on Highway 7 towards Delisle called into the News Talk newsroom. He said he was on route to Swift Current, but had to turn back.

A semi driver along Highway 16 at Radisson said, that road from Lloydminster to North Battleford was very bad. He said there were times he was going topull over but then a lane would pop up out of nowhere.

Things have improved on Highway 11 between Regina and Saskatoon, but there are still winter driving conditions, which mean icy, slippery sections with loose, swirling or packed snow.

If you see conditions others should know about, call our news room at 955-6397. If you have photos from the snowfall where you are, email them to webnews@rawlco.com

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