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Winter weather is on the way in Burnaby

With significant snow in the forecast for Tuesday (February 4), the City of Burnaby has activated its snow plans.

Preparation begins well before any flakes start to fall. Burnaby roads are pre-treated with brine to prevent ice build up, while staff pre-salt walkways in local parks.

If snow begins to stick, our roads crews deploy heavy equipment to clear streets beginning with priority routes. We start with our main arterial streets which affect the most people in Burnaby. The priority is also to keep emergency routes clear so first responders can get through without delay during an emergency. Depending on the severity of the weather, residential streets in Burnaby may only be cleared when these priorities have been met and resources are available.

If it snows, play your part

Before the snow arrives, residents and businesses are reminded of their responsibilities regarding snow removal.

Homeowners and local businesses are required to clear the sidewalks adjacent to their property by 10 a.m. on the morning after a snowfall. It’s about more than just keeping your feet dry — clear sidewalks make our community a safer place for seniors and those with mobility issues.

Here are a few simple tips to keep our community moving in the snow:

  • If possible, apply a thin layer of a de-icing agent (such as road salt) on your driveway and sidewalk on the night before an expected snowfall. This will prevent a layer of ice from forming, making it easier to shovel snow in the morning.
  • Identify any nearby fire hydrants or catch basins in your neighbourhood, and ensure these are cleared when the snow falls.
  • Warm up for five to 10 minutes prior to shovelling.
  • Make sure you are pushing excess snow onto your property, rather than the street.

Whether you’re walking, driving or taking transit, winter weather will add extra travel time to each of your trips. Planning ahead is the best way to stay snow-smart this winter. 

For more tips: Be Snow Smart.

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