Snow time = go time: help us clear the way

December 20, 2020

Winter is on the way. With the snowfall warning issued by Environment Canada, snow removal and sanding trucks are getting ready to go to work when snow is expected to start flying on Monday. Residents can help ensure that snow is cleared swiftly and effectively by moving vehicles off the road before plows arrive.  

“Residents are asked to be patient as crews make their way through Priority 1 and 2 areas first, before moving into residential roads in neighbourhoods,” said Stephen Bryans, Roadway Operations Supervisor. “We’ll also be working on clearing multi-use pathways for those that use active transportation as well as 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 quickly and safely.” 

The City clears snow and de-ices municipal roads based on their priority status. Priority 1 includes high-traffic roads such as Gordon Drive. Priority 2 includes collector roads such as Richter Street, bus routes, school zones, town centres and emergency vehicle stations. Priority 3 includes local roads within neighbourhoods.  

Highway 97 (Harvey Avenue) and Highway 33 are maintained by the Provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Check out the online map to find out a road’s priority status at 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. Plus, the nomination enters them in to win a monthly draw for a $100 gift card to local businesses. 

There is currently 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. As with all other roads in the City, snow routes are cleared according to their priority level.   

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