Snow and winter driving conditions
January 4, 2016
Penticton has received over 17 cm of snow in the last week. Road crews are out in full force using all available resources; however, ongoing sub-zero temperatures are not providing the normal snow melt usually experienced in the Okanagan.
Environment Canada is forecasting Penticton will see temperatures warm slightly over a few days, and then more snow and colder temperatures later in the week.
Drivers are encouraged to prepare for winter driving conditions. Residents and businesses are also required to clear sidewalks in front of their homes under the Good Neighbour Bylaw [PDF - 1.2 MB].
How snow clearing works
The City works hard to keep the community safe—and that means focusing on areas with greatest impact on drivers and emergency responders. Roads and paths are prioritized into three different levels:
- Priority 1 areas: main roads, emergency routes, steep hills and main transit routes. These should be opened within 12 hours of a storm.
- Priority 2 areas: secondary collector roads, industrial routes, school zones and minor transit routes. These are serviced to ensure they are opened within 24 hours of a storm ending.
- Priority 3 areas: residential roads, lanes and walkways. These are opened within 48 hours of the storm ending.
If you feel that your road hasn't been cleared according to its priority level, call 250-490-2500 for the status of snow clearing service.
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: 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 visiting the Snow Angel page to download the nomination form. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org