City Crews Prepare for More Snow
Environment Canada is forecasting up to 20 centimetres of snow beginning early Wednesday and continuing through the day. With temperatures near freezing, there is a chance of wet snow making driving conditions slushy and hazardous. As always, the City of Windsor wants to ensure that residents know the plan for road clearing.
Clearing of Streets
As is the case each year, City staff monitor weather forecasts and begin salting, when required, to help ensure roads remain as safe as possible. Plowing starts once the snowfall accumulation reaches five centimetres, and an average route takes from three to six hours to complete once the snow has stopped falling, depending on the time of day and traffic conditions. Once the main roads are clear, and only if more than 10 centimetres of snow has fallen, trucks will then move into residential areas.
Motorists are asked to be patient when travelling behind a plow and give operators plenty of room. Plows typically operate at up to 40 kilometres per hour. Following too close to a snow plow can lead to poor visibility, and vehicles risk being hit by thrown snow, salt or rocks.
Sidewalks and Driveways
Residents and property owners are reminded that clearing of sidewalks abutting their property is their responsibility. Please be sure to remove snow completely from your sidewalk to ensure that people with mobility issues are able to pass through freely.
As well, 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 in commercial areas are to be cleared within four hours after the snowfall ends and within twelve hours in residential areas.
For More Info
In all conditions, Public Works reminds drivers to use TLC (time – allow enough time to arrive safely at your destination; length – make sure you leave enough space between you and the vehicles around you; and caution – always drive with care, especially in hazardous conditions). To learn more about our winter weather operations, visit our Snow Removal page or contact 311.
Reminder: Snow Angels Needed
Just a reminder, the City’s Snow Angels volunteer snow removal program is still looking for volunteers.