It was a surprise return to winter driving conditions Wednesday morning as southeastern residents woke up to a dense, wet snowfall.

"The highway hotline is indicating winter conditions exist, that means the roads are wet and subject to freezing as well as some of the snow on the roads," stated Steve Shaheen with the Ministry of Highways, "The plows were out earlier this morning, they've been out since the first snow hit the ground, around 7:00 AM."

He noted that crews are at the nature of mother nature when it comes to how they can do their jobs.

"Hopefully, there's not too much snow and of course as the temperatures start to rise, we'll see that snow melting. Typically, they're (the roads) are treated on a priority basis. That means that the roads that are the busiest highways, such as Highways 39, 18 and 47 in the Estevan area would be the ones that would be looked at first."

"Crews are out blading and salting areas that are required," added Shaheen.

HIGHWAY HOTLINE

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