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Snow Update - December 19, 2022

Snow has started to fall again and Nanaimo is expected to get more over the next few days, until it warms up at the end of the week. Environment Canada has issued a winter weather warning for heavy snow and below freezing temperatures overnight and into Tuesday. 

On the Roads

Crews were out throughout the weekend preparing roads and out overnight last night plowing priority routes. Plows will continue to be out as snow continues to fall. Drivers, be prepared for winter road conditions this week, particularly as temperatures drop. 

  • slow down,
  • give other vehicles lots of room,
  • have patience for other drivers,
  • make sure you vehicle is winter ready with winter-rated tires
  • clear the outside of your vehicle of snow and ice, and
  • pay extra attention for pedestrians and cyclists.

If you are walking and cycling, please make sure vehicles can see you by wearing high visibility clothing and, if possible, a light. Pedestrians, please make sure vehicles have come to a complete stop before you cross the street.

Please make sure to give City plows plenty of room to work as they may make wide right turns or other unexpected movements to clear snow and spread salt. 

Find more information on the City's response to Snow and Ice.

Garbage and Recycling

Sanitation crews are out collecting scheduled garbage and recycling. 

Please check your Nanaimo Recycles app (if you haven't already, make sure to download the app) for special messages in the event of a missed collection.

Stay up to date with Garbage and Recycling collection.

Parks and Recreation

Recreation facilities remain open for programs, facility rentals and for drop-in swimming, weight rooms, skating and gymnasium sports.

Please use caution in Nanaimo's parks. Trails, boardwalks, bridges, stairs and playground equipment can become slippery and hazardous when there is snow and ice.

Stay up to date with Parks, Recreation and Culture.

Around Your Home/Business

Please do your best to remove snow and ice from sidewalks in front of your property within 24 hours, so that pedestrians have a safe place to walk and can stay clear of oncoming traffic. Please do not shovel snow onto the road. If you know of someone who may need a helping hand, please reach out to them. 

To help avoid flooding, please clear ice, snow, leaves and debris from catch basins and storm drains in front of your property.  

The City will clear sidewalks around parks, bridges, commuter trails and major City facilities as quickly as staff can get to them.

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