With an impending 20 to 30 cm snowfall coming to the Greater Victoria region Tuesday night, West Shore communities are reminding drivers to park smart.
“We are asking that residents park all vehicles inside garages or on driveways to allow snow clearing vehicles the ability to properly clear all roads, and to allow safe passage for emergency vehicles,” states a release from the City of Langford. The City reminds residents that snow tires or all-season tires are mandatory on Bear Mountain Parkway.
Up to 15 cm of snow expected in Langford tonight. In addition to keeping roads clear of parked cars, make sure that you completely clear all the snow off your vehicle before driving. Stay safe everyone! #Langford #yyj pic.twitter.com/00cjRPmWsM
— Langford Fire Rescue (@LangfordFire) January 14, 2020
The City of Colwood echoed the sentiment, clarifying that major roads are always cleared first, followed by steep hills, school zones, connectors, then local streets. bear
Residents should remember to pile the snow they shovel to the right of their driveway when facing the road from your home so that when the snowplow comes by, it doesn’t push the snow back across your driveway entrance.
Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop tweeted Tuesday morning telling residents to avoid parking in cul-de-sacs, as they can’t be cleared out by a snowplow when vehicles are parked in the street.
Just a reminder to everyone – please don't park in the roadway – it significantly reduces the maneuverability of the plow trucks – especially in cul-de-sacs.
When possible, please park at the bottom of or in your driveway, completely off the road allowance.
— ChiefDunlop (@ChiefDunlop) January 14, 2020
Environment Canada is predicting heavy amounts of snow overnight, with 20 to 30 cm expected. Wind chill will make a low of -3 C feel like -10 C. Snow is expected to ease off throughout Wednesday, with showers in the forecast by Thursday.
In the event of flooding, sandbags are available from the City of Langford at four separate locations: Centennial Park (2805 Carlow Rd.), Firehall #2 (3213 Happy Valley Rd.), Firehall #3 (2872 Sooke Lake Rd.) and Millstream Elementary (626 Hoylake Rd.).
If no sand or sandbags are available, contact fire dispatch at 250-478-7770.