The southwest finally has a bit of snow but it’ll still be a while before Winter Weights are in place on secondary highways. 

Usually starting mid-November and running through until March 14, a mild fall this year has delayed when truck drivers will get the go-ahead for heavier workloads. 

According to Director of Communications for the Ministry of Highways, David Horth, a substantial freezing of the subsurface is needed for more weight to be safely transported without damaging the roads. 

“It’s completely weather dependent; we need a sustained period of hard, cold frost,” said Horth. “It's an opportunity to support some of our exporters. They understand perfectly that we need to maintain the roads. Our transportation network is an important asset, and we all have to pull together to make sure it lasts as long as it can and in the best possible condition it can be in.” 

There are 28 thermistors province wide that help determine when the province can increase or decrease shipping weights for truckers. 

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