The City of Vancouver is preparing its crews for the next round of snowfall expected to hit Metro Vancouver.
According to a report from the City, it is ready for the chilly temperatures with a “proactive snow response plan” that includes brining of city streets and a full snow response equipment fleet.
- Snowfall expected to hit Metro Vancouver by Friday afternoon
- Up to 24 cm of snow could fall in Metro Vancouver by next Tuesday
Weather reports predict snowfall beginning late Friday, thanks to a weak warm front that is expected to move north from Washington State.
Snowfall in excess of 5 cm is predicted to fall in some areas of the Lower Mainland from Friday afternoon into the evening.
A second storm is in the forecast for Sunday bringing a mix of snow and rain.
Given the lack of salt available during Vancouver’s last cold snap, the City says its salt crews are ready for the ice. “If it is snowy and icy over the weekend, our sanitation collection groups will be working closely with our street crews to get salt and sand poured on any icy residential lanes,” the City said.
The City is urging residents to prepare their streets and driveways for the ice by laying down salt before any snowfall. Residents have until 10 am following a snowfall to shovel sidewalks in front of their property before being subject to fines.
The City has also set up three community warming centre locations (West End, Britannia, and Carnegie) for both Thursday, February 2, and Friday, February 3.