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Freezing rain prompts City to declare weather event

Freezing rain prompts City to declare weather event

Public Works crews are working to maintain local roads, sidewalks, and parking lots as a result of the weather

With freezing rain expected throughout the evening and overnight, the City of Sault Ste. Marie has declared a weather event. 

The announcement means roads, sidewalks, and parking lots maintained by the City should be considered to be in “a state or repair until further notice.”

Following is a full release from the City on the announcement:

The City of Sault Ste. Marie has declared a weather event with respect to freezing rain conditions. Environment Canada has issued a weather warning with freezing rain and significant icing persisting for Sault Ste. Marie and area from tonight through to Sunday. Hazardous travel conditions are expected, and untreated surfaces may become icy and slippery. 

Public Works crews work diligently during a weather event, but it may take longer than normal to ensure public safety and that the roadways, sidewalks, and Transit bus stops meet normal maintenance standards. Public Works continues to monitor the weather, patrol the roadways and deploy all available crews to address any ice accumulation. 

During this time, surfaces such as roads, sidewalks and parking lots maintained by the City are considered to be in a “state of repair” until further notice. Drivers and pedestrians should use an appropriate level of caution when travelling.  

Updates will be posted to the City’s website and social media sites as required. Thank you for your cooperation.  

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Snowstorm prompts City of Ottawa to declare ‘significant weather event’

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A snowstorm that started Thursday afternoon prompted the City of Ottawa to declare a “significant weather event.”

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On-street parking will be banned Friday between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. as crews clean up from the anticipated heavy snowfall. Anyone with an on-street monthly parking permit is exempted from the ban, but the city is encouraging motorists to find off-street parking options to help plow operators.

The city makes OC Transpo park-and-ride lots and some recreation centres available for parking during on-street parking bans.

Environment Canada predicted as much as 30 centimetres of snow could fall by Friday morning. The city said it could take longer than usual to clear roads, sidewalks and bike lanes. The downtown occupation could also impact snow clearing in that area.

Public transit will be heavily impacted on Friday and in the coming days because of the snowstorm and the downtown occupation, which is coming under stronger police enforcement.

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OC Transpo warned transit customers that a limited number of articulated buses would be deployed to routes, with the agency relying heavily on double-decker buses and 40-foot buses for service. Buses will run on reduced schedules across the city.

The articulated buses have had a difficult time operating in deep snow, as illustrated during a blizzard last month, when 48 centimetres of snow fell on Ottawa in one day.

OC Transpo is also closing the LRT line between Pimisi and Hurdman stations for an unspecified period of time starting Friday morning. Trains will still run between Tunney’s Pasture and Pimisi stations, and between Hurdman and Blair stations. Downtown LRT stations will be closed.