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Saskatchewan RCMP: wintery blast results in numerous weather-related calls for service

Posted on 8 March 2022 by Prairie Post

High winds and blowing snow resulted in poor road conditions across most of the province yesterday and today.

From 9 a.m. yesterday to 9 a.m. today, Saskatchewan RCMP’s Divisional Operational Communication Centre received 57 weather-related calls for service from across Saskatchewan. Note that this number does not reflect calls for service made directly to detachments.

Road conditions continue to be poor in some parts of the province. We would like to remind drivers of 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.

• Before traveling, check the weather forecast for both your current location and destination. If travel can be delayed during storm warnings, do so.

• For information on highway conditions/closures in your area, please consult the Highway Hotline at https://hotline.gov.sk.ca/mobile.

• 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.

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