Warming temperatures are causing roads around the province to soften, with a risk of leading to damage from heavier vehicles.

Previously frozen dirt has thawed and created muddy conditions that are more similar to April than February thanks to the warmth.

Some locations are waiting to see if that causes damages as SARM President Ray Orb says they're keeping an eye out.

"In our area and I'm sure other areas we're looking at these roads and we're kind of keeping an eye on them. I know many of the Council has been traveling around in the rural areas. We'll keep a pretty close eye on those roads."

With a potential second melting season, the costs of repairing a road do raise some concern for Orb.

"The cost of repairing those roads if they do get damaged, you know could be exorbitantly high, especially in this day and age, everything seems to cost more money to be able to repair roads. So definitely it is a concern." 

"We don't want damage on our roads and I know the RMs are really quite good about keeping an eye on their roads. We realize that produce, especially grain, livestock feed, and things like that, still have to move from the farmer to the farm."

Orb recommends that RMs keep an eye on the orders that come from the Ministry of Highway's website to see what roads have been closed down.

Help from citizens who report any damaged roads can also help out greatly.

"It could help too if we have great peers that have roads in their own area to report to your council, to make sure that everyone knows roads are being damaged and then we can alleviate that damage by in some cases, putting a road ban on which which does happen from time to time."

Orb says that the province has also in previous years opened up closed roads if grain shipments fall behind, though so far this year shipments seem to be doing well.