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Saskatoon roads a slippery mess after overnight snow

Police urge caution after an overnight blanket of snow creates slippery conditions on Saskatchewan roads. Neil Fisher / Global News

An overnight blanket of snow has left roads around Saskatoon a slippery mess.

City officials said sanders were out all night on priority 1 streets and Circle Drive.

Crews were also applying salt on other priority streets.

Residential streets, however, have a layer of packed snow that could form ice with regular traffic.

Brandon Harris, the city’s director of roadways and operations, said switching to winter tires could make a difference in getting around.

“Winter tires are softer and less stiff in low temperatures providing better traction in winter conditions,” Harris said in a statement.

Saskatoon police said there were eight collisions on city streets between 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. CT Wednesday.

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The collisions, which varied from single-vehicle to multi-vehicle, occurred on main arteries and side streets. No serious injuries were reported.

Police are urging drivers to slow down and drive according to the conditions.

City crews will continue to apply salt, as needed, throughout the day and snow is also being cleared from high-use walkways, including bridges and overpasses.

Outside the city, RCMP reported highways in the Maidstone, Kindersley and Rosetown areas all had treacherous road conditions.

The highway hotline reported Wednesday morning that many roads in the province have icy or slippery sections, with loose or swirling snow.

Saskatoon weather outlook: big cool down ahead

Light snow is expected to last until early Wednesday afternoon.

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