Wind chill warning issued for Guelph

Guelph, ON, January 29, 2014 – Environment Canada has issued a wind chill warning for Guelph, with temps as low as -30 °C.

The City’s winter control team continues to clean-up from last weekend’s snow event. Plows are out on the main routes. The colder than average temperatures are hampering the use of road salt which will not melt in these extreme temperatures. Main and secondary routes are generally clear this morning, with only some isolated snow drifts being reported.

Sidewalk crews have moved into the residential neighbourhoods and continue to clear snow.

The longer range forecast indicates approximately 10 cm of snow for this weekend. City crews are monitoring weather forecasts and are prepared to respond as needed.

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.
  • 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.
  • Drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit.
  • 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.
  • Continue to use extreme caution in parks and on trials.
  • Please keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • Help keep storm drains clear.

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