Environment Canada has issued another Snowfall Warning for the North Okanagan, including Vernon and the surrounding area. According to the weather office, we could see up to another 10 to 20 cm by this evening.
More snow is expected this weekend, followed by very cold temperatures. As of this afternoon (January 10), Environment Canada is forecasting a low of -19 degrees Sunday night and even lower temperatures on Monday.
The first significant cold spell of the season has prompted Environment Canada to issue cold weather safety reminders:
- Check the weather forecast before going outside; pay attention to both the temperature and the wind chill factor
- Plan ahead and limit your time outside
- Dress in layers, with a wind resistant outer layer; wear a toque or hat, mittens and a scarf to cover exposed skin; wear warm and waterproof footwear
- Seek shelter from the wind
- Stay dry; if you are wearing too many layers and begin to sweat, unzip or remove a layer
- Stay active while outside to generate body heat
- Be aware of the signs of frostbite and hypothermia and seek medical attention immediately, if required
If you are clearing snow from sidewalks or your driveway, please keep these tips in mind to increase safety in your neighbourhood.
- Remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to your property within 24 hours of the end of the snowfall (as per Traffic Bylaw #5600);
- Pile snow on grass areas where possible and never around fire hydrants, on bus stops or storm drains;
- When shoveling snow off your driveway, store the snow on the left side of the driveway (when facing the property) and do not push it into the street. This will increase visibility when leaving your driveway, and will make the road safer for other motorists;
- Park vehicles off-street wherever possible to allow snowplows to clear a larger portion of the road; and
- Keep children, pets and yourself a safe distance away from heavy snow clearing equipment.
The City would like to thank residents for their hard work in clearing sidewalks and for having patience as crews tackle these major winter storms.