Winter Operation Update for Friday, December 8

A roadside catch basin with snow around it.

Last weekend brought snow to the Capital, and this weekend a rain event is on the horizon. It seems Mother Nature isn’t quite sure what season it is, but the Roads and Parking Services team can adjust to any kind of weather and is ready!

Forecast and conditions

The temperature is expected to rise Saturday night into Sunday to a forecasted high of plus 5 degrees. Rain showers are expected to begin Saturday afternoon, transitioning to steady rain overnight into Sunday with the potential for heavy rainfall and 10 to 15 millimetres possible. A mix of rain and snow is in the forecast for Sunday night, with a chance of light snow showers on Monday morning.  

Residents are reminded to exercise caution when using the transportation network this weekend. Areas such as sidewalks, roads, pathways and the winter cycling network that are wet could freeze if the temperature dips below zero, creating hazardous travelling conditions. Please adjust to the conditions of the network.

Our response

Across the City and as this event unfolds, supervisors will keep a close eye on sidewalks, roads, and the winter cycling network, identify any areas of concern and deploy resources as needed. With the incoming rain, we will also monitor areas that are prone to localized flooding and address any water pooling by ensuring that catch basins and ditches are open and able to take in water. 

In the meantime, we are asking for anyone who can to please ensure that your local catch basin is clear and able to take in water. With over 100,000 catch basins in the City, we cannot do it alone and would appreciate any support you can offer.

Find your nearest catch basin using our catch basin locator map. Need to report a blocked catch basin(link is external)? Let us know!

Next steps

We will monitor the network over the weekend and, should the need arise, crews will be deployed as required.

Unless the forecast changes significantly, consider this your operational update for the weekend.

Travel with care and have a good weekend.

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