Fierce winds and blowing snow reduced visibility to zero on several Saskatchewan highways on Thursday.

Blowing snow warnings were issued for the Regina, Fort Qu’Appelle, Yorkton and Moosomin areas. Snowfall warnings were also in effect across most of central Saskatchewan.

Travel was not recommended on the Trans-Canada Highway between Moose Jaw and Balgonie, and on highways in the Regina and Weyburn areas.

RCMP say one person died after the grader they were driving collided with a train Thursday near Paynton. The collision caused several tanker cars to derail and spill.

Emergency crews also responded to a collision on Tower Road just east of Regina. Meanwhile, two semi-trailers jackknifed on Highway 11 near Lumsden and several other vehicles slid off the road in that area.

Mounties were advising motorists to check highway conditions before heading out.

Regina residents woke up to a bone-chilling -35C with the wind chill Thursday morning as winds gusted to over 60 kilometres an hour.