Winter Storm Preparations for January 18

We expect to see between 10 and 20 cm of snow this weekend, with some strong winds that may cause blowing snow.

Weather Update

We are expecting snow to begin falling Saturday, January 18 starting around 11 am.  This snow will continue throughout the day and overnight, ending around mid-morning on Sunday.  We anticipate the greatest accumulation, around 10 – 15 cms (depending on where you live) to fall through the overnight hours, with the possibility of another 2 – 5 cm before the snow comes to an end later Sunday morning.

How Will We Respond?

The city has been proactively tidying up the roads and any areas of concern for the past few days. Overnight and this morning, our supervisors will be monitoring the roads and conditions and taking appropriate steps to keep them safe.

As the snow starts to fall, City staff will deploy our teams to clear snow from major and arterial roadways and sidewalks.  City staff will continue to keep them safe for residents and pedestrians. 

As the accumulation builds, staff will consider a residential snow plow run.  The timing of the plow run will be dependent on when and how fast the snow falls.

How can Residents Support Winter Operations?

  • With the forecasted snow accumulation, City staff be out in full force plowing.  Staff does not anticipate calling a Winter Weather Parking Ban at this time, and instead ask residents to please keep parked cars off the road wherever possible.  This allows us to clear the snow closer to the curbs and it means we can clear more efficiently. 

  • During a snow event, it is not necessary to create a service request for snow clearing on your street.  We are aware of the weather and actively out working. If your street has not been cleared 24 hours after the last snowflake, please create a service request online.

  • With heavier snow, tree branches may sag or carry snow.  It is not necessary to create a service request for sagging branches, however if a branch falls and is touching a hydro line or impeding traffic, please contact 3-1-1.

  • Residents who are able to are also asked to take a moment to clear around their fire hydrant.  Clearing 1.5 metres around a hydrant maintains access for our firefighters and helps them keep residents, their families and their communities safe.

  • Finally, a reminder that blue lights flashing mean our vehicles are working.  Please give City staff the space they need to do their work – and keep three car lengths behind a snow vehicle.

We always appreciate the support of residents as we work to keep our roads and sidewalks safe.

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