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Significant Winter Weather is On Its Way

Environment Canada is forecasting the first significant snowfall of the Winter of 2022-2023. Beginning Friday morning, snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 25 cm is expected, and we may see that snow mix with or change to rain at times along parts of the Atlantic coast. This will greatly affect driving conditions, so please monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. Also, please review the key reminders below on snow removal within the Town of Yarmouth.

SNOW CLEARING REMINDERS

Yarmouth’s Public Works Department is responsible for making our streets and sidewalks safe and accessible for pedestrians and properly equipped vehicles. We provide snow and ice control for a number of areas within the town, including roughly 68 kilometres of streets, 50 kilometres of sidewalks, a number of parking lots, and a number of public buildings. During a storm, please be patient and, if possible, please stay off the roads until snow clearing has taken place. This makes it easier for plow operators and lessens the potential burden on emergency responders.

❄️ When Does Plowing Start?
Plowing of the streets begins after an accumulation of 10 cms of snow, depending upon the conditions (i.e. wet snow, drifting, and at the discretion of the Public Works Department). It will continue until the storm has subsided. Under ideal circumstances, we will wait until after a storm has subsided before plowing, normally in the early morning hours. For blizzard or high wind storms, plowing will not commence until the storm has subsided. Main/arterial streets are the first priority. These include Main Street, Starrs Road, Pleasant Street, Vancouver Street, etc. Clearing these streets ensures that first responders can get out when they need to, and it ensures people can get to the hospital if necessary, via these main roads. Secondary roads receive attention once these main arteries are taken care of. As mentioned above, PLEASE be patient as it takes time to clear all 68 kilometres. 

❄️ Sidewalks
After the streets have been plowed, our team focuses on clearing the sidewalks. This generally starts only after a storm has abated, and sidewalks are not plowed if blustering or drifting conditions exist. Sidewalks on main thoroughfares and around schools, the hospital, and other institutions are typically completed before we start working on side streets. After they've been plowed, the sidewalks may be sanded as required due to slippery conditions. However, not all sidewalks are cleared by the town! When it comes to keeping sidewalks clear and accessible, downtown property owners have an important part to play in removing all snow and ice from any sidewalk which abuts any side of your property, from any pathway leading from a sidewalk abutting your property to the roadway, and between any sidewalk abutting your property and a crosswalk. You’re also responsible for laying down salt or sand when needed, as well as clearing out potentially dangerous icicles. For more details on your responsibilities, see our Streets and Sidewalks By-law.

❄️ Keep It Clean!
Any private contractors who are plowing snow onto and across public streets and/or sidewalks from private driveways and parking lots (and which causes an obstruction or encumbrance to the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic) shall be warned once. Any further offences will result in a summary offence ticket under our Streets and Sidewalk By-law: https://www.townofyarmouth.ca/838-streets-and.../file.html

For more information, visit our Snow Removal page: https://www.townofyarmouth.ca/snow-removal.html

Stay Safe!

Town of Yarmouth

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Pam Mood

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Town of Yarmouth
400 Main Street
Yarmouth, B5A 1G2

  (902) 742-2521
  (902) 742-6244

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