BRAMPTON, ON – Snow and extremely cold temperatures are expected in Brampton this weekend. Here’s what you need to know.Extreme cold temperatures:
Temperatures are expected to be extremely cold all weekend long and into early next week, with wind chills in the minus 20 C to minus 30 C range. Residents are advised to exercise caution and restrict time spent outdoors, as exposed skin can freeze in minutes in extreme cold. Pets should be kept inside except for short bathroom breaks.
Seniors, children, people experiencing homelessness and people with pre-existing heart or respiratory problems are particularly at risk. Residents are encouraged to check in on friends, family and neighbours who they think may be vulnerable. Snow:
Though forecast models continue to change, Brampton could see significant snow on Saturday. City crews are ready and have been pre-salting roads, sidewalks and trails in preparation. Pre-salting prevents snow from sticking and makes roads easier to plow later on.
When it snows, crews salt and plow primary roads first. Once those are cleared, crews start salting residential streets. Remember, residential streets:
• Are plowed when at least 7.5 cm (3 inches) of snow falls in a single storm.
• Are not plowed to bare pavement. It’s normal for some snow to stay on the ground even once the street is plowed.
Crews aim to have all roads, sidewalks and trails maintained within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. It may take longer if weather conditions are severe. Here’s what’s you can do:
• Drive according to conditions, Stay alert, slow down and make sure you have a winter driving emergency kit.
• When it snows, don’t park on the street until it has been salted or plowed. Crews can’t properly maintain a street when cars are parked on it.
• Please be patient! City crews maintain more than 3,900 lane kilometres of roads (lane kilometres account for the total number of kilometres in each lane on the road), 900 kilometres of sidewalks and 2,400 transit stops. They are doing their best to help you get where you need to go safely. Stay connected:
• Visit www.brampton.ca/snow
for winter information, including snow clearing updates.
• Visit www.brampton.ca/prepared
for more winter safety tips.
• Follow @CityBrampton on Twitter
and like the City of Brampton on Facebook