According to a release, city crews have been brining and salting priority response areas and are “prepared to salt and plow if conditions arise.”
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An Environment Canada Special Weather Statement is currently in effect, calling for widespread snowfall across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
Environment Canada says that a low tracking system is spreading moisture across the south coast of British Columbia. Since temperatures are near the freezing mark, a mix of rain and snow is forecasted throughout the region.
“The extent of snowfall accumulations in Vancouver remains uncertain for tonight and over the next few days, but staff and equipment have been readied for 24-hour deployment if required,” said the city.
Arterials, bus routes, bridges, emergency routes, school routes, and priority bike lanes will be prioritized for snow clearing if significant accumulations occur.
The city is also reminding residents that they must clear snow and ice from sidewalks from their property by 10 am the morning after snowfall. Those unable to clear their walkways are encouraged to sign up for the Snow Angel Program, which connects residents with volunteers to assist them.
The forecast also calls for below-zero temperatures next week that feel as cold as -12°C, and warming centres will be available to residents from Sunday, January 12 to Wednesday, January 15. Residents are welcome to bring their carts and pets, and hot drinks and snacks will be available.
The Powell Street Getaway is currently operating and will be open every night until Wednesday, January 15.
Additional warming centre locations include the following:
During the day, vulnerable residents can access free showers, laundry facilities, and hot meals at the Evelyn Saller and Gathering Place. Meals are also served at the Carnegie Community Centre.