During heavy snowfalls, property owners are encouraged to assist the City’s snow removal crews by:
- Getting vehicles off the streets and parking in your driveway
- Keeping all catch basins clear of snow and ice for proper drainage during a thaw
- Keeping fire hydrants clear and visible
Preparing for a snowfall
Here are some tips for preparing for a snowfall:
- Prepare your vehicle for winter weather.
- Learn and practice winter driving techniques.
- Do not park on busy streets during a heavy snow fall, even if on-street parking is allowed at certain times of the day.
- Check for Snow Route, No Stopping and No Parking signs when parking on streets.
- Take public transit.
- Tune in to a local radio station to listen for a possible snow emergency to be declared later.
Before a snowstorm, we apply anti-icing material which is a salt brine solution that helps keep snow and ice from bonding to the roadway. Once the storm begins, City crews and contractors begin by applying de-icing material such as salt or a sand/salt mixture and plowing roadways throughout Hamilton. We want to ensure that Hamilton’s roads remain open for emergency vehicles, buses , business and major institutions like schools and hospitals.
Roads are plowed based on priority:
Certain roads are snow emergency routes. When the City declares a snow emergency, it is illegal to park on these roads. Vehicles that block snow routes during an emergency may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner's expense.
Snow emergency routes may be signed with:
- No Stopping Anytime
- No Parking Anytime
- No Parking Snow Route
Snow emergencies are announced on local radio stations.
Here are some tips for winter driving:
- If you must drive, give yourself more time to reach your destination.
- Drive according to weather and road conditions.
- Park your vehicle off the street where possible.
- Do not park in a spot that has a Snow Route, No Stopping or No Parking sign.
- Stay back at least 25 metres from snow plows, sanders and other equipment so the operator can see you.
- Stay behind snow plows. Passing a plow is dangerous.
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