If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, that dream might just come true. Heavy snow fall and colder weather might make for a great weekend on the slopes or curled up by a fire but it can also make for treacherous driving conditions.
Motorists are reminded to adjust their driving for winter road conditions and to remember that as the temperature drops, bridges as well as on-ramps and off-ramps can become slippery. If road conditions warrant it, the speed limit on Whoop-Up Drive may be lowered to 60 km/h between Scenic Drive and University Drive in order to reduce collisions and enhance traffic safety.
Winter driving tips
- Slow down and drive with care
- Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you
- Stay a safe distance behind snow plows and sand trucks and never pass these vehicles
- During a snowfall event, initial sanding, salting, and snow plowing efforts will focus on Priority 1 routes, the busiest arterial roads, throughout the city including Whoop-Up Drive, Mayor Magrath Drive and Scenic Drive. The City typically does not plow residential roads unless they are impassible for emergency vehicles and the general public with properly equipped vehicles. All sanding, snow removal and snow plowing routes are available at www.lethbridge.ca/WinterRoads.
Snow around your residence
- Help us keep neighbourhood roads safe by piling snow from driveways or sidewalks onto your property or onto boulevards, not on the road. This will help reduce the ruts that motorists can encounter.
- If you have elderly neighbours, please be a snow angel and help shovel their sidewalk.
More information on the City's Snow and Ice Control program is available online at: www.lethbridge.ca/WinterRoads.
Supporting Vulnerable Populations
As temperatures start to drop, it is important to be on the alert and provide relief for the most vulnerable, who are at greater risk of exposure to the elements.
The attached poster provides a list of resources available for those needing support during extreme weather events.
Alpha House is also taking donations of gently used, warm winter clothing which can be dropped off at the Lethbridge Shelter (802 2 Ave. N) or at City Hall (910 – 4th Ave. S).