Snowstorms & Emergencies

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

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.