With files from Cooper Douglas

Sask. RCMP advised some extra caution in a release Thursday, after receiving 76 weather-related calls across 24 hours Wednesday into Thursday. 

The recent snowstorm rocking the region hasn't been exclusive. The whole of the province has had its highways frozen over, leading to a wave of calls hitting local detachments.

By 8 a.m. Thursday, RCMP had 68 calls where individuals had been involved in a motor vehicle collision since midnight the previous day. 

Keely Grasser, a media spokesperson for Sask. RCMP, advised people to take care and be cautious during the winter weather uprising. 

"We encourage people to check the weather forecast as well as the highway hotline before they leave, not just for the area they're leaving from, but for all locales along their route," said Grasser. "If it looks like travel is not being recommended in the areas you plan to travel, consider staying home."

The Highway Hotline is the number one resource for spotting trouble on Sask. highways. Things like collisions, other incidents, large loads slowing traffic, and other impediments can be tracked using the live map service. 

If anyone is heading out, it's important to remember to pack snacks, water, and blankets in the event of becoming stuck or stranded. If a vehicle ends up in the ditch, stay in the vehicle, and keep it running if possible. Folks should stay in the vehicle, especially in low visibility areas. Reasons to leave the vehicle include checking to make sure exhaust isn't blocked by snow, and to be certain the vehicle isn't leaking fluids and is in safe enough conditions to occupy. If the vehicle is leaking fluids like oil or fuel, it is wise to shut down the engine. 

"Be sure to get out of the vehicle and clear your tailpipe quite periodically," insisted Grasser. "Because snow buildup can create a backup of exhaust, which is and can be dangerous for people."

If the vehicle is no longer running, but can still be closed to the elements, occupants will want to try and minimize any heat loss by opening windows and doors for any longer than necessary. 

Even with all these warnings, things should get back to normal with plus temperatures returning on Friday, and slated for the rest of the weekend.