Snow time = go time! Help clear the way as snow falls

December 2, 2019

Snow removal crews have been busy clearing and sanding roads following Kelowna’s first significant snowfall this weekend. Residents can help ensure that snow is cleared swiftly and effectively by moving vehicles off the road before plows arrive.

“We’re working on Priority 1 and 2 routes now and residents are asked to be patient as crews make their way through priority areas before moving into residential roads in neighbourhoods,” said Stephen Bryans, Roadway Operations Supervisor. “We’re also working on clearing multi-use pathways for cyclists and city-owned sidewalks. Residents and local businesses are encouraged to do their part by shoveling sidewalks and making sure to move vehicles off the road to help plows and sanders move through the city quickly and safely.”

Check out the online map to find out a road’s priority status at kelowna.ca/snow.

The City clears snow and de-ices municipal roads based on their priority status. Priority one includes high-traffic roads such as Gordon Drive. Priority two includes collector roads such as Richter Street, bus routes, school zones, town centres and emergency vehicle stations. Priority three includes local roads within neighbourhoods. Highway 97 (Harvey Avenue) and Highway 33 are maintained by the Provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Currently there is no snow event advisory in effect. A snow event advisory may be issued in the event of heavy snowfall, which means a temporary parking ban will come into effect in snow route areas. These areas include Academy Way, Black Mountain, Clifton/Magic Estates/Wilden, Dilworth Mountain, Kirschner Mountain, McKinley Beach and areas in the South Mission. Areas designated as snow routes are not given special consideration over other streets as all roads are cleared based on priority. For more information on snow routes and to check if a snow event advisory is in effect at any given time, visit kelowna.ca/snow.

Residents and business owners are reminded that they are responsible for clearing the snow off sidewalks adjacent to their property. Some residents find snow clearing a difficult task, particularly seniors and those with an injury or disability. The City encourages residents to help their neighbours where possible. If someone helps to clear your sidewalk or driveway, you can nominate them as a Snow Angel and personally thank them with a Snow Angels toque and enter them in to win tickets to see the Kelowna Rockets in action!

For details about the Snow Angels program and for more information about snow removal and priority routes, please visit kelowna.ca/snow.