The City of Nanaimo is expecting the upcoming winter to be much like last year’s and are reminding residents to be ready for it.
“We are expecting a similar winter to last year with higher than average precipitation and we want to make sure residents are prepared for it,” Nanaimo Public Works Senior Manager John Elliot said.
“Drivers should use extra caution and be prepared for winter driving conditions.”
Officials say property owners or occupants are responsible to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours and people should have winter tires on their vehicles.
The city says when using salt on the sidewalks, it is only effective at melting ice up to -6 degrees Celsius.
Crews plough and maintain close to 1,100 kilometres of paved streets and lanes in Nanaimo, with major roads ploughed first.
Residents are encouraged to park on the odd number side of the street on odd numbered days and on the even number side on even numbered days.
That will help city crews plough streets to the maximum width.
Drivers are also advised to use caution and keep their distance behind snow ploughs and salt trucks.