City offers prep tips ahead of snowy weekend in Vernon

Snowfall and cold weather warnings issued

The City of Vernon is reaching out to thank residents for their hard work in shovelling sidewalks as the snow continues to fall and for their patience as city crews work to clear roads in major winter storms.

Environment Canada is calling for an additional 10-20 centimetres of snow by this evening and more flurry action is expected over the weekend.

To increase safety in the neighbourhood, the city is reminding residents to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours of the snowfall’s end and pile it on grass areas where possible — never around fire hydrants, bus stops or drains.

City staff suggest piling snow to the left of the driveway (when facing the property) to increase visibility when leaving from it ensuring the road is safer for other motorists. When clearing driveways, snow is not to be pushed onto the street.

Whenever possible, the city is reminding motorists to park off the street to allow space for snow plows to work.

Along with Environment Canada’s snowfall warning, the national weather agency is forecasting lows of -19 C Sunday night and expects mercury will drop further Monday.

To stay safe in the cold, check forecasts before going outside — paying special attention to temperature and wind chill. If planning to venture outside, plan ahead, limit time outdoors and dress in layers with a wind-resistant outer layer. Cover all exposed skin with proper winter attire, including toques, mittens and a scarf.

Seek medical attention immediately if signs of frostbite and hypothermia become evident.

READ MORE: Black bear climbs pole in Coldstream

READ MORE: ‘Do not drive,’ message urged in North Okanagan


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon family shares story of son’s cancer recovery to encourage blood donation

Finlay Ritson’s parents can’t donate blood, but hope his story will encourage others to do so

Vernon Superstore sees long lineups amid COVID-19

Long lineups Saturday evidence customers following social-distancing protocols

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

The Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

COVID-19: Upcoming season a question mark for Enderby drive-in movie theatre

Starlight Drive In Movie Theatre says it’s working on limiting capacity among other safeguards

COVID-19: Online tool helps vulnerable people in North Okanagan receive aid

United Way’s tool connects those in need with pre-screened volunteers in the local area

‘Hold our line’: 29 new cases of COVID-19 announced in B.C.

Saturday’s number of new cases marks the lowest in weeks.

Mitchell’s Musings: Pandemics and parking meters don’t add up

Despite COVID-19 crisis, City of Vernon insists on paid parking downtown

COVID-19: Staying home in Shuswap is difficult when you don’t have one

As the snow flies, people without homes in Salmon Arm talk about how tough life is

Critic, workers’ group ‘disappointed’ Trudeau chose Amazon to distribute PPE

Amazon Canada said in an email to The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada Post, Purolator

Full World COVID-19 update: National Guard collect ventilators in New York; Spain, Italy improve

Comprehensive coronavirus update with news from around the world.

Two people fined after B.C. police spot online ads re-selling 5,000 surgical, N95 masks

Police confiscated the masks, being sold at inflated prices, and now working with Fraser Health

Woman raised in Shuswap on COVID-19 frontline with field hospital in Italy

Bev Kauffeldt is leading a medical team at the temporary hospital run by Samaritan’s Purse

Colouring book will feature images of Summerland

Project is a joint initiative of Summerland Museum and Summerland Community Arts Council

Most Read