Mounties in Saskatchewan say blowing snow and ice caused dangerous conditions Monday leaving many motorists facing a cold night stranded in their vehicles.
Police said highways as far north as Saskatoon and all across the southern part of the province were "dangerous," and warned people to stay off highways.
Cpl. Rob King said police received more than 100 calls for assistance since 5 pm Monday, and probably many more hit the ditch and did not call for them for help.
The province's Highway Hotline said closures on Monday night included Highway 2 from Moose Jaw to Turtleford, Highway 36 from the junction of Highway 13 to Highway 2, and Highway 18 from the junction of Highway 34 to Highway 36.
King says it was a nice Monday until the late afternoon, when winds picked up and temperatures dropped late in the afternoon, leading roads to glaze over like "curling ice."
He says it was so treacherous out on the highways that RCMP officers were overwhelmed and there wasn't enough members or vehicles to help everyone.
"Hopefully they can make their way to shelter somehow ... it's so treacherous out there our members are overwhelmed with the number of calls for service and it's almost better to stay with the vehicle than try to get out. As long as you have a full tank of gas, you can usually last through the night quite easily," King said Monday night.
Tow truck operators will have a long day ahead as they try to reach stranded drivers on Tuesday.