Blizzard conditions create havoc on area highways

Martensville fire Department and Warman RCMP officers responded to a collision in Martensville January 7

Gale-force winds combined with blinding snow are creating white-out conditions across much of the Saskatoon region. According to Warman RCMP officers, the weather is a factor in a number of motor vehicle collisions that have occurred throughout the day.

A three-vehicle collision at the intersection of 4th Street South and Centennial Drive in Martensville about 3:15 on Monday, January 7 resulted in minor injuries to several people, including one patient who was transported to hospital by Medavie Ambulance.

Martensville Fire Chief Kurtis Dyck said  the weather conditions likely played a factor in the collision. Visibility in open areas is severely reduced and roads are extremely slippery.

Warman RCMP officers are advising motorists to use extreme caution on area highways.

Emergency responders battle blinding snow and biting cold as they load a patient into an ambulance following a motor vehicle collision in Martensville January 7

Environment Canada has issued a weather advisory.

The Saskatoon Police Service is advising motorists to adjust their speed to allow for a change in winter driving conditions this afternoon.

Snow and blowing snow has made for slippery roads in and around the city. Currently, Police are at a single vehicle rollover at Circle Drive East and Preston Avenue North. Officers have also responded to a collision involving a van and a car at the intersection of Preston Avenue and College Drive.

Drivers should maintain reduced speeds, allow for more time to reach their destinations, and use patience during the afternoon commute.