Freezing rain is coming: here’s what you need to know

A City street shown covered in ice, with trees on either side of the road.

Guelph, Ont., April 13, 2018 – We are prepared for the forecasted freezing rain expected this weekend.  The following list will help you prepare too.

Roads and sidewalks

City crews will monitor the weather throughout the weekend and will apply salt and brine to the roads and sidewalks as needed. If you must drive, give yourself plenty of time to get around. You can follow our trucks at

Report a road and sidewalk


Ice buildup can make trees heavy, causing branches to break and trees to fail. Even healthy trees that are structurally sound can fall under the weight of ice. Keep an eye on your private trees. Our forestry crews will be dealing with tree issues on City property, as they become known, and prioritized according to risk presented.

Report a City tree hazard

Storm drains

Please check storm drains near your property and clear them of debris such as leaves, sticks and garbage. This will allow storm water and ice melt to drain properly and prevent flooding.

Report a damaged storm drain or flooding

Guelph Transit

Weather and road conditions can impact transit service. Follow Guelph Transit on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date.

Plan your trip and access real-time bus arrival information

Recreation facilities

Registrants are encouraged to call ahead before attending regularly scheduled programming. Please call 519-837-5699.


To report a concern with powerlines and outages, including a tree on a powerline, please contact Guelph Hydro at 519-822-3014. Follow @guelphhydro on Twitter for updates.

Report a hydro concern

Emergency kit

It’s a great idea to start gathering supplies and thinking about what your family will need for at least 72 hours during any emergency.

Call 911 for emergencies.

How to prepare an emergency kit

For more information

Terry Dooling, Manager
Roads and Right of Way, Operations
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3346

Dave Elloway
Deputy Chief, Guelph Fire Department
Manager, Administration and Emergency Preparedness
Community Emergency Management Coordinator
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2127