Up to 20 cm of snow expected for Guelph today

Guelph, ON, February 5, 2014 – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Guelph and area. Up to 20 cm of snow is expected.

Road and sidewalk crews are out in full force.  A residential plowout is planned for 8 p.m. tonight.

Market Square rink will be closed today. Staff will re-assess the situation and notify the public when the rink is open.

Guelph Transit buses are running, but may be delayed as a result of current weather conditions.

This recent snowfall 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:

  • Drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit.
  • 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.
  • 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