Snowfall update

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 4:18 p.m. update: After starting at 3 a.m., crews continued working on second and third priority roads. As of this afternoon, all roads in Penticton have been opened and are accessible. All parking lots have been cleared except at the Community Centre and SOEC. On Wednesday, crews will begin at 3 a.m. again to address leftover parking lots and additional catch basins to ensure the melt can drain into the storm sewers. All park trails, walkways and stairs have been cleared and are accessible. Additional widening and snow removal will be performed tomorrow as required. Crews were working on transit spots all day, and will continue this work tomorrow.

Looking ahead:

  • Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures of 5 degrees C. This would cause a slow melt of the snow, which is beneficial for run-off into the storm sewers. Residents are encouraged to check their neighbourhood catch basins to ensure they are clear.
  • Curbside collection: BFI contract crews are collecting garbage and recycling today from those with scheduled Tuesday service. This service may take longer due to road conditions, and the public's patience is appreciated. Curbside collection scheduled for Monday that were not picked up will be collected next Monday; the 2 bag limit will not apply for those residents. For information about curbside collection service, call 250-490-3888.

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 11 a.m. update: Crews are making substantially more progress with clearing after a break in the snowfall. Work is ongoing in Priority 3 areas, including residential neighbourhoods. Due to the volume of snow, crews will not be plowing a wider path, as it will push too much snow onto sidewalks – creating a burden for pedestrians and homeowners alike. This will likely impact parking; the public's patience is appreciated. Bus stops and pull-outs should be cleared by end of day. Work on Main and Martin streets will also continue today.

Monday, Jan. 5, 4:38 p.m. update: Crews will be extending clearing hours until 11 p.m. Now that the snow isn't falling, they are hoping to make a lot of headway - aiming to clear Priority 1 & 2 roads, and begin residential streets (Priority 3) as well. Our morning crew will begin at 3 am tomorrow to continue with residential streets, and additional crews/equipment will be dispatched to Downtown Penticton to clear Main/Martin Street stalls while there's no cars, and key parking lots. Once those are complete, then work will begin on bus stops and pull-outs. We want to take this opportunity to thank all our crews for all their hard work, and for your patience, Penticton, as we all dig out from the snow.

Monday, Jan. 5, 8:33 a.m. update: City crews have been out since 4 a.m. plowing the roads. There are 5 sand trucks, 2 small trucks, 3 ATVs, a grader, a loader and all available crews assigned to clearing the significant amount of snow accumulation. Crews are currently working on Priority 1 areas – main roads, emergency routes, steep hills and main transit routes. Given the significant snowfall continues this morning, it's likely crews will have to circle back and do these routes again before moving onto Priority 2 areas (secondary collector routes, industrial routes, school zones and minor transit routes). Public transit is running, including HandyDart service.

Snow Angels

Keeping sidewalks shovelled, ice-free and safe can be very challenging — even dangerous — for older adults and others who have limited mobility. Snow Angels is a program that encourages Penticton residents to be good neighbours and help neighbours in need with snow removal.

  • Be a Snow Angel: Help out neighbours, friends, family or the community with clearing snow from their sidewalks. All you have to do is adopt a sidewalk this winter and keep it clear. Watch for people in your neighbourhood who could use help removing snow & ice from their sidewalks and driveways and ask if you can lend them a hand.
  • Nominate a Snow Angel: Snow Angels can be nominated to win prizes! Nominate your Snow Angel by giving us a call at 250-490-2500 or download the nomination form online. You can also email snowangel@penticton.ca