A winter storm is expected to strike tonight

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Sudbury is about to have its first winter.

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Environment Canada warns of a “mixture of snow, sleet and possibly freezing rain” beginning late Tuesday and continuing overnight.

Precipitation is expected to start around midnight, and freezing rain could last until Wednesday morning.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, driveways and parking lots can become icy and slippery,” the agency said in a special weather statement. “Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas. “

The city said staff are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared to deal with this storm and more to come.

“Weather conditions are closely monitored by city staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using a personalized weather service, road reports from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and data generated by the remote local weather stations, ”the city said in a statement.

“Staff regularly patrol municipal roads throughout the city to assess the need for plowing, sanding and salting. “

A chart showing when crews are deployed, along with other information on winter operations, can be found at www.greatersudbury.ca/winter.

“Please drive according to weather and road conditions and use caution around working plows,” the city urged.

The municipality will issue notices as winter conditions and snow events occur. Updates and information are posted via social media on Twitter ( @greatersudbury ) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/grandsudbury).

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The city also said that more than 50 city snow plows, graders and other winter maintenance vehicles and contractors will be on the streets this week and next, as they undergo annual training drills to keep themselves clean. familiarize yourself with the routes.

Training takes place at the same time each year, starting November 15, to align with the start of external contracts for winter maintenance activities, and will end on November 26.

“These tests allow crews to identify potential hazards, obstacles and operational challenges, before winter arrives,” the city said.

The city’s winter control plan, based on service levels approved by city council, includes details on snow removal standards, sidewalks, snow removal and the technology used for winter control.

A chart showing when crews are deployed, along with other information on winter operations, snow removal standards for major and secondary roads, and more, can be found at www.greatersudbury.ca/winter.

“Remember to remove portable basketball nets from the road and shoulder during the winter months to allow snowplows and salt / sand trucks a clear path,” the city said. . “Hockey nets should be stored away from the road when not in use. “

Winter also comes with changes in parking.

The overnight parking by-law will be in effect from December 1 to March 31. During this period, parking is not permitted on any road, highway, alley or secondary street in the city, between midnight and 7 a.m.

The overnight parking restriction is in place to allow effective and efficient snow removal on local roads.

For road conditions and other Ministry of Transportation traveler information, visit www.ontario.ca/511 or call 511.

To report severe weather, you can email [email protected] or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

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