The City of Sault Ste. Marie has declared a significant weather event as a result of a snow squall warning issued by Environment Canada and is urging drivers to exercise caution while also avoiding parking on city streets.
Snow squalls will develop this afternoon and continue through Thursday morning, and gusty westerly winds will make for extensive blowing snow and near zero visibility at times, Environment Canada forecasts.
Public works crews will work during the event, the city said in a news release.
But it may take longer than normal to ensure public safety and that the roadways, sidewalks, and transit bus stops meet normal maintenance standards.
Crews will continue to monitor the weather and patrol the roadways/deploy all available crews to address any snow and ice accumulation.
During this time, all roads and sidewalks maintained by the city are considered to be in a “state of repair” until further notice, the city said.
Drivers and pedestrians should use caution when travelling during this event.
The parking bylaw remains in effect with motorists not permitted to park on city streets during the winter months between midnight and 6 a.m.
However, during a winter event, motorists are also asked to not park on city streets during the day. This will assist in the efficiency of maintaining the roads.