Up to 15 cm of snow expected for Guelph tomorrow

Guelph, ON, March 11, 2014 – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Guelph and area. Up to 15 cm of snow is expected, as well as high winds and blowing snow.

Some accumulation is expected tomorrow morning, with cold temperatures and heavy snow expected for the afternoon commute. Drivers are reminded to be cautious and drive according to road conditions.

City crews are currently clearing streets, sidewalks, and catch basins. Crews will also apply brine and salt to road surfaces this evening to prevent slippery road conditions.

During the snow event, crews will be working to keep roads and sidewalks clear as per the Council approved service levels. Sidewalk clearing activities will begin at 4 cm accumulation, with a focus on main and arterial roadways.

The City reminds residents of the following to stay safe during the winter season:

  • Allow for extra commute times, drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit.
  • To keep roads safe and accessible, do not park across from another vehicle or driveway, and whenever possible, move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows.
  • When parking on-street, residents are reminded to obey Guelph’s traffic by-law and ensure there is at least 3 m of clearance on the road – space required for other vehicles such as Fire and emergency medical services (EMS) to pass safety.
  • Please be patient with sidewalk clearing operations, as the volume of expected snow will be well above average. If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property. Seniors and residents with a physical disability who require assistance shoveling can call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.
  • Report a snow removal concern by using the “How can we help you?” section on guelph.ca or call 519-837-5628 and include your name, contact information and the exact location.
  • Keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • Place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection (by 6:30 a.m.) rather than the night before. Do not place waste on top of snow banks or on the road as these pose obstacles to the City’s snow clearing operations. Instead shovel a spot for your carts or bags, or place them in the driveway 1m back from the road.
  • Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding.
  • Be cautious around waterways and ponds.

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

Bill Barr
Acting General Manager
Public Works
519-822-1260 extension x 2003
bill.barr@guelph.ca