REGINA — An extreme cold warning is in effect for much of southern Saskatchewan and other areas, thanks to the frigid temperatures forecasted for this week, while the road conditions in some areas of the province have improved.
In the south half, some roads deemed unfit for travel by the Highway Hotline Sunday have been raised to the status of winter driving conditions.
The recent mix of rain, snow and freezing temperatures in several areas of the province Sunday created very slippery driving conditions. Saskatchewan RCMP were advising motorists to avoid all non-essential travels.
Late Sunday afternoon, RCMP issued a release saying Craik RCMP has been responding to several rollovers involving passenger vehicles and semis on Highway 11 between Davidson and Craik. Three individuals were transported to hospital.
Craik RCMP Detachment Commander Sergeant Robb Karaim said: “The roads are too slippery; there is not time to react. If you are on the road, please think of slowing down considerably in order to drive with care. If you see emergency vehicles, slow down even more to let them pass safely. If you are in the ditch, please be patient, tow trucks are currently working at maximum capacity. We will all get to you soon.”
In the southwest, highways in the triangle between Kindersley, Swift Current and Maple Creek areas were not recommended for travel, including Highway 1, and that remains in place Monday. On Sunday roads from Moose Jaw and Regina heading southeast were also not recommended for travel, however most are upgraded to winter driving conditions.
Highway 16 continues to be marked by the Highway Hotline as experiencing seasonal driving conditions.
All roads north of Prince Albert are marked as experiencing winter driving conditions.
For the latest in road conditions in your area, consult the Highway Hotline at https://hotline.gov.sk.ca/map.html.