Blowing snow warning continues for Guelph and area

Guelph, ON, January 25, 2014–As strong winds and falling snow continue in Guelph today, the City is asking people to exercise caution if driving or cycling in the area.

Environment Canada issued a blowing snow warning for the area, and reports very strong southwest winds of 40 to 60 kilometres per hour, combined with falling snow are resulting in widespread blowing snow, lowering visibility to 500 metres or less.

City snow removal trucks have been out all night, focusing on the city’s main and secondary routes. As of 7 a.m., ten trucks on these routes have been plowing snow drifts to allow for safer vehicle passage. Salt and organic traction control material is not being used as in the extreme temperature they only worsen slippery roads conditions.

The City is asking for people’s patience and assistance in response to this weather.

  • Snow removal is underway, and residents can call 519-837-5628 to report a problem with road conditions.
  • Please move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows, and help keep storm drains clear.
  • Drive according to road conditions, pack an emergency car kit, and treat any non-functioning traffic signals like a four-way stop.
  • The City will clear sidewalks as soon as possible, and your assistance is appreciated. If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property, and if you require assistance (disabled or elderly) please call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.
  • In areas where the sidewalks have not been cleared, pedestrians and motorists are asked to take extra care to watch out for each other.
  • Please place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection rather than the night before (waste must be at the curb by 6:30 a.m.) and leave room for snow banks caused by plows. Please shovel a spot for your carts or bags, and do not place waste on top of snow banks.
  • Check to make sure your 72 hour emergency kit is ready and well stocked.
  • Call 911 to report downed power lines, stay clear and be patient as crews respond.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day and during this extreme weather event. The City will provide continued updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.