Heavy snowfall leads to multiple crashes on Saskatchewan roads

Watch above: Heavy snowfall wreaked havoc on the roads, causing a number of collisions on Friday and Saturday. Steve Silva checked out the highs and lows.

REGINA – A fresh dumping of snow can often lead to an increase in vehicle collisions and that was the case following Friday’s snowfall in Regina and Saskatoon.

Between Friday and Saturday morning, there were 10 collisions (four resulted in minor injuries) in the Queen City while Saskatoon saw over 32, according to each city’s respective police department.

At Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting in Regina, the increased numbers were not being felt on Saturday quite yet.

“There is a two-week lag, often, because most people need to go to SGI and get an appraisal,” said Maaco general manager Allan Mann.

READ MORE: Up to 10 cm snow expected in Saskatoon

The season is still young, but Mann is already being forced to book clients three weeks in advance.

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The damage usually stems from fender benders.

“The more severe ones we often find are at higher speeds, the Ring Road is infamous for that,” he said.

While some were concerned with cleaning up after an accident, others were focused on preventing them altogether.

Shovels were in high demand at Canadian Tire at 1st Avenue and Albert Street.

“It helps out other people, helping the old people that are out there, if they can’t get out and [shovel] their own ‘walks,” said Howard Desjarlais, who shoveled sidewalks professionally for 20 years, as he browsed an aisle for a new shovel and ice pick.

His trick for being able to shovel for an extended period of time: “Drink a lot of water.”

Temperatures were so low Saturday, Environment Canada issued cold weather warnings to over half of the province. Cold, but not cold enough for some people eager to take their toboggans for spin.

“We’re just like going down the hill and trying to have some fun and try to like enjoy the winter,” said Tina Xiao, 18, in the gully between Southland Mall and Albert Street.

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