An update from the City’s Director of Roads: Environment Canada: Freezing Rain Warning in Effect.
• Freezing rain continues through the morning with a mix of drizzle, rain and snow later this afternoon, snow accumulations 2-4cm. We expect this wintry mix to stay with us all day before this weather event moves out of the region overnight. We received approx. 5cm of snow accumulation followed by 10mm of freezing rain between yesterday afternoon and this morning. The forecast is predicting another 3-6mm ice accretion. High 0C and low minus 12C. Winds ESE 15 km/h gusting to 20 km/h.
• Wednesday January 24, 2018 clearing . High minus 6C and low minus 17C. Winds NW 20 km/h gusting to 40 km/h.
Residents are advised to exercise patience and caution as roads and sidewalks will become icy and slippery, please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts. Staff are monitoring weather forecasts and will be patrolling roads throughout the event.
• Residents can expect priority roads to be wet and slushy. Residential streets, sidewalks/bus stops will be icy and slippery.
• We are deploying plows on residential streets this morning to remove the build up of snow and ice. This strategy is to eliminate any pack on, remove rutting and take advantage of the warmer temps during daylight hours before the colder temperatures come through this evening and overnight.
• The afternoon commute maybe affected as snow/drizzle/rain will continue through the supper hour. We anticipate the change to all snow will occur around 6pm with 2-4cm accumulation.
• Combo units have been deployed on the priority roads and sidewalks since the start of accumulation on Monday afternoon and will continue through today and tonight. Plowing, salting, sanding of the transportation network will continue through Wednesday as we clean up from this latest weather event.
• We will have all available equipment plowing, scraping, applying salt/sand on roads, sidewalks and bus stops on 24/7 through this freezing rain and wintry mix.
• We will deploy salting/sanding and plowing resources over the remainder of the transportation network as necessary as the weather or road conditions change.