Snow is coming, tips to help with snow removal

A big snowstorm is expected to hit Saturday, be patient and get your car off the street

Want your street cleaned of snow faster and better? If so, make sure there’s no vehicles parked on your street.

Thanks to a strong Pacific low pressure system moving eastward across Washington State Saturday somewhere between 10 and 20 cm of snow is expected to fall. Things will get even more messy when a fresh blast of Arctic air arrives Saturday night bringing with it strong winds and areas of blowing snow.

“Road crews for the City of Penticton are prepared and waiting for an upcoming snow event forecasted for our region,” stated a press release from the city issued Friday afternoon.

The statement included reminders for residents, motorists, and property owners:

– Removing cars off the street during a snow event allows the plows to work more efficiently and will give crews the ability to plow the entire roadway, reduce potential vehicle damage and provide faster clean-up;

– Snow removal services are based on priority routes. First and second priority routes include main roads, steep hills, emergency routes, but routes, school zones, collector roads, and industrial roads.

– Safety remains a concern for crews clearing snow and ice from roads and sidewalks. Large work vehicles can sometimes make unexpected turns or stops. Please approach or pass these vehicles with care and consideration.

-The City’s Good Neighbour Bylaw requires property owners or property occupants to clear all sidewalks adjoining their properties of snow and ice before 11 a.m. following a weather event.

If residents have concerns over the next few days or need to report an issue they can call the public works hotline at 250-490-2324 or email publicworks@penticton.ca.

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