City Crews Preparing For Snowfall

Tuesday February 1st, 2022

Posted at 3:17pm

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City of Windsor Public Works crews and contractors have begun preparing for the expected snowstorm. Snow is expected to start falling Wednesday morning, possibly accumulating up to 45 centimetres over several days.

Weather forecasters predict the storm will begin as rain and transition to snow before dawn on Wednesday morning. City of Windsor Public Works and contractors will be responding immediately to this transition period by applying de-icing materials to the major thoroughfares. Plowing begins once the snowfall accumulation reaches five centimetres.

Once the main roads are clear, and only if more than ten centimetres of snow has fallen, trucks will then move into residential areas. Clearing of residential streets can be impacted by parked vehicles on the roadway, and the city asks that, if possible, remove your car from the roadway.

Residents and property owners are reminded that clearing sidewalks abutting their property are their responsibility. The forecast is predicting significant precipitation, so the recommendation is to shovel as often as you are able. If possible, attempt to clear snow deposited at the end of your driveway as soon as possible, as plows may be making several passes during this storm.

They also remind you that under the Highway Traffic Act and City of Windsor by-laws, it is prohibited to shovel snow back onto the street while clearing sidewalks and driveways, as this creates unsafe road conditions for motorists. All sidewalks must be cleared within four hours after the snowfall ends in commercial areas and within twelve hours in residential areas.

Windsor Fire and Rescue Services asks residents to help them help you by keeping fire hydrants clear of snow. In a fire, it will be faster for fire crews to gain access to the hydrant if needed. Residents are also reminded to keep all home exhaust vents clear of ice and snow to ensure proper home ventilation.

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