Sask. drivers deal with zero visibility during blowing snow advisory

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January 11, 2017 - 9:47pm Updated: January 12, 2017 - 5:14am
Saskatoon drivers faced near white out conditions Jan. 11, 2017 on Circle Drive south during a blowing snow advisory.
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Saskatoon drivers faced near white out conditions Jan. 11, 2017 on Circle Drive south during a blowing snow advisory.

Saskatchewan drivers faced terrible highway conditions due to extreme blowing snow Wednesday evening.

After most of the province had been placed under a blowing snow advisory, RCMP asked drivers to avoid travel across the province.

A release from RCMP reads "based on the reports from Detachments all over the Province this evening, the RCMP would like to advise motorists NOT to travel. Whiteout conditions exist over most of the Province's roadways due to the wind and blowing snow. A number of motorists are reported to be in ditches already due to the conditions."
 
That was certainly the case for Michelle Linklater as she drove on Highway 7 toward Saskatoon to pick her daughter up from dance class.
 
"It's amazing to see how many people are on the roads and when you come up to them you can't see them," she told 650 CKOM.
 
Linklater described the conditions as in the top ten worst she had ever experienced as a driver.
 
"The roads don't seem slippery," she said. "There's just zero visibility."
 
Environment Canada Meteorologist Justin Share expected the blowing snow to improve within hours.
 
"The visibility will begin improving overnight and into the early morning," Share said. "On Thursday morning people will start dealing with extreme windchill values."

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