What To Do When Winter Weather Hits Nanaimo

Feb 19, 2018 |

We are fortunate to live in an area that has, for the most part, a pretty mild climate year-round. So, when we get hit with weather, such as snow, that the rest of Canada experiences on a regular basis during winter, it can take everyone by surprise. 

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The City prepares for snow and ice conditions ahead of time by salting the roads with a brine solution before a winter storm. Watch this short video for more information on how this process works.

When it comes to clearing the roads, the City has 17 vehicles in its fleet capable of removing snow and salting roads. Crews work multiple shifts day and night to assess the condition of the roads.



We also have priority routes that must be cleared first and stay clear in order for emergency vehicles to get to and from the hospital, fire stations and BC Ambulance stations. Once these are clear, crews move onto other routes. 

The winter of 2016-17 was particularly "wintery" for Nanaimo with higher than average snowfall and freezing temperatures. This made for a number of issues for both the City and residents. 

We have been able to avoid any significant amount of snowfall - until this past weekend when we were reminded there is still some winter left! Below are some tips to get you through any winter storm event.

At Home:

On the Roads:

  • Take extra caution whether you're driving, walking or cycling. Roads and sidewalks can be slippery during and after snowfall meaning everyone must do their part to use extra care when on their daily commutes.
  • Plan ahead by checking the weather reports and following the City on Facebook or Twitter for winter road updates. 
  • Some extra tips for drivers:
    • Make sure to have proper winter tires on your car.
    • Check the radiator anti-freeze protection level and windshield washer levels on your car.
    • Make sure there is an ice scraper in your car.
    • Keeping door lock de-icer on hand.
    • Checking the condition of your car's window wiper blades.
    • Keep your gas tank full.
    • Allow more time for your vehicle to warm up.
    • Slow down when driving.
    • Allow more stopping distance, driving well ahead.
    • Plan your route to avoid hills.
    • Stay well back from snow plows and salt trucks.

Visit the City website for more information on Snow and Ice Control.


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