BY BILL PHILLIPS
Environment Canada is predicting about five centimetres of snow will fall on the city Thursday night, another five to 10 centimetres Friday, with more coming throughout the weekend.
City crews will be ready, says Blake McIntosh, the city’s manager of City Roads and Fleet.
“We’ve got all staff on board, we telling them to get ready,” he said. “We’re planning as if we’re going to receive the threshold event (Friday). Contractors will be contacted and we’ll have graders and trucks lined up to start potentially start Friday night.”
When the city receives 7.5 centimetres in a 24-hour period, it is classified as a Priority One and Priority Two ‘snow event’ and triggers the city to deploy full snow and ice control operations, including contracted equipment, to clear Priority One and Priority Two routes in the City within 48 hours of the end of the event. If the city receives 12 centimetres of snow within a 24-hour period it is classified as a Priority Three snow event, which means Priority Three routes including residential roads must be cleared within 72 hours of the completion of Priority One and Priority Two Routes.
“Priority Ones and Twos, which are the main thoroughfares, bus routes, the hospital district and downtown will be our main focus,” he said of where crews will focus. “Should the snow stop and we get another threshold event, we’d most likely go back and restart the Priority Ones and Priority Twos.”
The city has 12 graders to put into operation, plus the city’s eight plow trucks. Graders, if they’re opening side streets and windrows, have two loaders with them. The plow trucks will run 24 hours-a-day.
McIntosh reminds resident to pay attention to parking regulations.
“Parked cars just cause a mess,” he said. “It’s not as efficient with the grader operation.”
Residents should be warned that the city will tow vehicles if they are illegally parked.
Motorists are also reminded that parking restrictions are in effect from October 15 to April 15 each year to help with snow operations:
On-street parking is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Priority One roads and hills, the Hospital District, and a number of other designated roads.
On-street parking is prohibited from midnight to 7 a.m. downtown.
On-street parking is prohibited from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in residential areas. Parking on the side of the street with odd house numbers is permitted from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. unless otherwise posted.
Illegally parked vehicles are subject to a $50 ticket per offence and/or may be towed.
“We thank residents for following our parking restrictions, and for being patient and careful when driving around road crews.”