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PHOTOS: Snow flying in southern Saskatchewan as weekend storm hits

Environment Canada warns storm bigger than originally predicted
Reported by CJME staff
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The snow is flying in Regina as the entire southern half of the province settles in for a snowstorm.

Travel is now travel not recommended around Saskatoon.

In other parts of the province, as much as 25 centimetres or 10 inches are forecast to fall by Saturday morning. In the Cypress Hills area, it could be as much as 30 centimeters or 15 inches of snow.

On top of that, there is a wind gusting to 60 km/hr which is blowing the snow in the air, causing visibility to drop.

CLICK THIS LINK for Environment Canada's very lastest weather warnings.

Before heading out on the highways, check the most recent conditions from the Highway Hotline.

Meanwhile on the streets of Regina traffic slowed to a crawl, especially near some busy intersections that are slick from snow building up. Drivers are hitting the brakes early to stay away from other people's bumpers.

Meanwhile, City of Regina road crews are trying as best they can to make your drive a smooth one.

View the City of Regina's priority snow clearing map here.

Trevor Kosolofski is Regina's head of road operations. As of Friday early afternoon, there was a full crew of sanding trucks out but only half of the plows are on the streets.

“We’re actively out there kinda keeping things moving, specifically focusing on ice control but as the accumulation starts to happen we’re going to be doing more and more plowing,” he said.

He says trouble spots are being plowed and sanded right away.

“Our high speed roads, our high traffic roads like our category one – which is Albert, Broad, Lewvan, you know the main arterials of the city,” Kosolofski explained.

Through the evening, the crews will be ramping up resources.

"Once the storm begins to taper off that's really when the real work begins and we begin our systematic plow,” he explained.

The rest of the plows should be out by Saturday morning. Kosolofski compares plowing early to shoveling snow at home – you plow the first time so the snow doesn’t get packed down as much and it’s easier the second time.

Edited by CJME’s Adriana Christianson and Karen Brownlee.

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