SAINT JOHN – Heavy, wet snow turned area roadways into slippery, slushy messes in the Saint John region today.

Snowfall that began early this morning continued into the evening, and road conditions got worse as the snow began to pile up.

Numerous tractor-trailers reported difficulties on city streets and Highways 1 and 7, with several leaving the roadway.

The westbound lanes of Highway 1 were closed briefly in the Saint John area, but reopened with slow traffic flow, especially near the Hammond River Bridge.

The City of Saint John issued a release to remind motorists that snowplows and salt trucks would be working throughout the day.

It expected to focus on major arteries, highways connections and emergency routes as the top priority for snow removal.

The city also closed the Carleton, Somerset and North End Community Centres due to the storm.

Meantime, NB Power continued to battle power outages across the province all day.

Fredericton, Moncton, Sussex, St. Stephen and Woodstock all had a high number of outages at various points.