It's the winter that won't quit.
Mid-April is behind us, but up to 10 cm of snow could still be ahead. Snowfall is in the forecast in Prince Albert and the area through Monday night and Tuesday, posing yet another round of challenges for motorists and city crews alike.
“It has been a while since winter has been holding on like this,” Roadways Manager Brent Kennedy told paNOW, with just a hint of winter-fatigue in his voice. “It’s time for us to move forward.”
Kennedy said crews and equipment are at the ready once again, hopefully for the last time.
“We’ll have crews on standby and we’ll be monitoring things. If we get more than five centimetres we’ll have graders out and start plowing the hills so we don’t have people spinning out, and we’ll have sanders out,” he said.
Kennedy said it’s fortunate there hasn’t been any major snow melt yet, which would create far more of an issue with iced-over surfaces getting a fresh dump of powder on them. With temperatures wavering between -2°C overnight and 1°C during the day, he said there will be slick patches around so once again drivers need to be patient and slow down.
Asked if the already-stretched winter road budget would have any impact on the way crews respond to this late-winter dump, Kennedy said no.
“No matter where we are within that snow budget, if we’re required to go out and do plowing or sanding, we go and the budget will readjust that at the time it’s needed,” he said.
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