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A cyclist makes his way along Mountain Avenue Sunday despite the snowfall. Roads are extremely slippery.

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The city is asking drivers to slow down and pedestrians to be extra careful as Winnipeg comes to grips with the first major dump of snow this season.

City crews are salting and sanding streets and clearing sidewalks but drivers should give themselves more time to get where they’re going, the city said in a news release. Drivers are advised to factor in additional travel time to get to destinations, slow down to a safe travel speed for winter conditions, and allow appropriate stopping distances.

This weekend, approximately 30 pieces of heavy equipment are out on city streets, the release said.

"With pieces of heavy equipment out on the roadways, we are asking motorists to use extra care and caution," Jim Berezowsky, manager of streets maintenance, said in a prepared statement.

Saturday night, crews began salting Priority 1 (P1) streets, which includes all regional streets, and sanding Priority 2 (P2) which includes non-regional bus routes and collector streets.

Crews will begin plowing sidewalks on regional streets later today, the city said. Pedestrians are reminded to wear proper winter footwear and use caution when walking on sidewalks.

The operation is undertaken in accordance with the city’s snow clearing and ice control policy available online at www.winnipeg.ca/publicworks/Snow_Clearing_Policy/default.asp

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