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January 13, 2020 Snow and Ice Conditions

Jan 13, 2020, 16:51 PM

4:45 p.m.: Garbage/recycling collection will resume on Tuesday (Jan. 14) where crews left off today (road condition permitting). Residents who had their collection missed on Monday, should place their carts out for collection before 8:00 a.m. Crews will work to catch up with missed collections from Monday before moving onto regularly scheduled collections for Tuesday.

Please note: Monday afternoon we were able to resume collection for some areas with improved weather conditions. If you brought your carts in after receiving today's cancellation message, please contact Public Works at 250-758-5222 to arrange collection. 

For the most up-to-date information on your collection, please download the free Nanaimo Recycles app available on the App Store and Google Play or check out the Garbage and Recycling calendar on the City website.

On the Roads

All roads are open, but winter driving conditions remain in many areas of Nanaimo. Please note that many side roads are still snow and ice covered. Crews are beginning to move into secondary and residential areas now and will be out through the night.

Currently, the updated weather forecast is calling for bands of additional snow to come through tonight and tomorrow. Please use caution when on the roads.

Please help pedestrians travel through our community. Property owners (residential and businesses) are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the sidewalks in front of their property. The City clears sidewalks in front of City facilities, on bridges, the Waterfront Walkway and E & N Trail. 

Stay up to date with conditions on the City's website, Twitter feed (@cityofnanaimo) and Facebook page. For up-to-date information on public transit, follow @RDN_Transit on Twitter.

Visit our Snow and Ice Control webpage for information on the City's response to snow and what residents and commuters can do to stay safe. 

10:45 a.m.: For the safety of our staff and residents, we have cancelled solid waste collection for today. We will continue to monitor the road and weather conditions and provide updates accordingly. If possible, please bring in your carts to make room for snowplows. Please download the free Nanaimo Recycles app for up to date information on curbside collection. Find links to the app on the Garbage and Recycling Calendar page on the City website. 

10:00 a.m.: The City is advising commuters that winter driving conditions exist on all routes in Nanaimo. Roads are slippery especially at intersections so please use extra caution when approaching them. Find some winter driving tips on the City's Snow and Ice Control brochure.

Motorists are also asked to avoid the following streets until City plows can sand them. Please respect any barricades in place as they are there for your safety:

  • Fitzwilliam (Third) & Milton,
  • Machleary & Albert,
  • Comox & Highway 19 A (Old Island Highway),
  • Fifth & Highway 19 (Nanaimo Parkway),
  • Ninth & Park,
  • Fifth & Park and
  • Extension by Chase River School

Early this morning, snow began to fall in Nanaimo. City snow plows have been out on Nanaimo roads focusing on emergency and priority routes first. As long as it is snowing, crews will be focused on clearing priority 1 and 2 routes, which means it could take upwards of 96 hours for crews to start clearing residential areas (priority 3 routes). If possible, please avoid travelling today.

Please help pedestrians travel through our community. Property owners (residential and businesses) are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the sidewalks in front of their property. The City clears sidewalks in front of City facilities, on bridges, the Waterfront Walkway and E & N Trail. 

More flurries are expected tonight through tomorrow. Stay up to date with conditions on the City's website, Twitter feed (@cityofnanaimo) and Facebook page. For up-to-date information on public transit, follow @RDN_Transit on Twitter.

Visit our Snow and Ice Control webpage for information on the City's response to snow and what residents and commuters can do to stay safe. 

Garbage/Recycling Collection 

Residents expecting garbage/recycling collection today may experience delays. Please download the free Nanaimo Recycles app for up to date information on curbside collection. Find links to the app on the Garbage and Recycling Calendar page on the City website. 

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