Wet snow expected for Guelph this weekend

Guelph, ON, January 31, 2014 – Approximately 15 cm of wet snow is expected to fall in Guelph over the next 48 hours. City crews are monitoring weather forecasts and are preparing for the snow event by pushing back snow banks, clearing catch basins in known flood prone areas, and salting main routes.

The City received approximately 3 cm of snow earlier this morning. Road plows have been out since 3 a.m. focusing on main routes, and are now clearing secondary routes.

Snowfall over the weekend is likely to create windrows—snow pushed to the foot of driveways by plows—that are higher than usual. That’s because snow banks are already high and available space for plows to deposit snow is limited. Seniors and residents with a physical disability who require assistance shoveling their windrow can call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.

The City reminds residents of the following to help stay safe in winter weather:

  • Please move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows.
  • Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding as temperatures rise.
  • High snow banks in residential neighbourhoods may be a safety hazard to those backing vehicles out onto roadways. Where possible, residents are asked to lower snow banks along their driveways to allow for better sightlines.
  • If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property.
  • 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.
  • Drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit.
  • Be cautious around waterways and ponds as temperatures rise.
  • Please keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • Check to make sure your 72 hour emergency kit is ready and well stocked.
  • Continue to use extreme caution in parks and on trials.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather.

The City will continue to provide updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.

For more information

Rodney Keller
General Manager
Public Works
519-822-1260 extension 2949