City shuts down early due to winter storm warning

Prince Albert City Hall/Daily Herald File Photo

Parks and public buildings closed while the provincial government recommended reduced travel on several highways after snow and freezing rain soaked the City of Prince Albert on Wednesday.

All City facilities, including City Hall, closed at 3 p.m. due to poor weather conditions. Little Red River Park, John M. Cuelenaere Public Library, and the Prince Albert landfill also closed at 3 p.m.

The City issued a press release at 3:15 p.m. saying city crews were out sanding roadways on main streets, and at known hotspots. They advised all motorists to use caution on city roads, and avoid travel if necessary.Highways around Prince Albert stayed open during the day, although travel was not recommended for most of that time. The province’s highway hotline issued “Travel Not Recommended” warnings for Hwy 3, Hwy 11 and Hwy 302 during the day. As of 5 p.m., Hwy 2 was classified as “Wet and Subject to Freezing” but a travel warning was not in place.

Environment Canada also issued a Winter Storm Warning for Prince Albert at around 3 p.m. They said residents should expect hazardous winter conditions that include freezing rain and up to 10 cm of blowing snow. They expect the freezing rain to end in the evening, with blowing snow continuing overnight.