Road conditions are set to slip into dangerous territory as the weather warms up.

Warmer days may feel great for folks out and about, but the thawing snow and ice can lead to slippery and unsavoury conditions on roadways, highways, and byways.

Cautioning folks about the upcoming slip slidin' conditions is Steve Shaheen, a senior communications consultant with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways.

"Everyone will probably welcome some warmer air that's moving in, but when there is warmer air above the road surface you can actually get 'pavement cross' which makes the highway extremely slick," said Shaheen. "I guess the best analogy to use is like a frozen turkey sitting on the counter and how you get that build up across in the surface. That's what happens with our roads."

When the roads do get butter-balled, drivers are encouraged to slow down, use caution, and keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road. Stopping sooner and giving yourself more room to slow down is also key to keeping safe on slippery roads.

"It takes much longer to stop when the highway is slick," confirmed Shaheen. "In fact, ice-covered roads can require up to 12 times the normal, just stopping distance, so drivers should take notes and drive for weather conditions."

Highway crews will be out trying to help with the roads. Using things like salt, sand, and de-icing chemicals. But they have to be careful, as windy, warm conditions can cause even slicker roads as those materials end up polishing the surface. 

If you are out on the road as the weather peaks around the corner at warmer days, be sure to use caution, consideration, and care when out on the roads.