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Snow Removal

City crew cleaning a sidewalk

Snow Removal Update 

March 16, 10:30 a.m.

Crews are hard at work clearing our streets following Tuesday's storm. Here's what we have out on the roads:

  • 5 large trucks sanding secondary roads
  • 2 large trucks salting/sanding main and secondary roads
  • 2 small trucks sanding/salting
  • 5 trackless units on sidewalks
  • 4 crews on sidewalks and priority stairs

Sidewalk Clearing

Friendly reminder - sidewalks fronting / abutting property must be cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours after snow has stopped falling. Clean sidewalks make it easier for all residents to get around.

March 15 3:30 p.m.

  • 6 large trucks patrolling main roads
  • 14 large trucks plowing secondary roads (1 truck with a wing plow in the Louth area)
  • 2 trackless plows on sidewalks
  • 1 small truck and labourer on cleanup downtown
  • 10 backhoes with blades plowing secondary roads
  • 1 large loader at the Lake Street Service Centre loading salt onto trucks

As a reminder, S'No Parking is in effect. Please do not park on the road. This will help crews plow roads faster and safer.


March 15 9 a.m.

  • City Hall and all other administrative buildings and recreation facilities are open.
  • Crews continue to work on a large watermain break on Oakdale Avenue.

  • 20 large trucks plowing main roads with 16 wing plows

  • 2 small trucks plowing and sanding/salting as required

  • 2 small trucks delivering salt

  • 5 trackless sidewalk plows

  • 1 small truck and labourer on the sidewalk hand list

  • 1 backhoe with a bucket doing circles/dead ends

  • 1 large loader at the Lake Street Service Centre loading salt onto trucks

  • 11 loaders with blades plowing secondary roads

As a reminder, S'No Parking is in effect. Please do not park on the road. This will help crews plow roads faster and safer.


March 15, 6 a.m.

  • City Hall and all other administrative and recreation facilities are OPEN.
  • Motorists are advised to leave themselves extra time to get to their destination and leave space between vehicles
  • Residents should walk slowly when outdoors as sidewalks may be messy

March 14, 3:30 p.m.

Crews are hard at work keeping the streets clean. As of 3:30 p.m. here's what we have on the roads:

  • 20 large trucks plowing main roads
  • 1 large truck plowing secondary roads
  • 10 loaders with plows plowing secondary roads
  • 4 backhoes with blades plowing secondary roads
  • 6 backhoes with buckets plowing circles and dead ends
  • 4 small trucks plowing (2 focused on the downtown area)
  • 1 trackless sidewalk plow

As a reminder, S'No Parking is in effect. Please do not park on the road. This will help crews plow roads faster and safer.

March 14, 6:30 a.m.

Due to the inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions
St. Catharines City Hall and all administrative and recreation facilities will be CLOSED today.

St. Catharines Transit is running; however, Transit riders are advised that buses may run behind schedule.

March 13, 12:50 p.m.

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Niagara, including St. Catharines, with heavy snowfall and blowing wind.

Environment Canada states it expects 15 to 25 cm of snow (up to 30 cm in some parts of Niagara) by Tuesday night (March 14) and forecasts light snowfall to start sometime this afternoon with the heaviest snowfall coming overnight.

Wind gusts up to 70 km/h are also expected and can result in widespread blowing snow.

  • 5 trucks are currently treating select areas with a salt solution used for de-icing. The City will continue its patrol and monitor conditions throughout the day.

S'No Parking is in effect as of 4:30 p.m. March 13. Don't park on the road during or after the snow storm. Plan to not park on the road for up to 72 hours and possibly longer depending on conditions.

In 2015, the City introduced its S'No Parking program - a call to residents not to park their vehicles on the street during and immediately following a significant snow event. For more information please check the City's Snow Removal Parking webpage.

What you can do to help

As a resident of St. Catharines, you can help us in many ways:

  • Report any slippery or dangerous road conditions to us as soon as possible at 905.688.5600;
  • Whenever possible, refrain from parking on streets during a winter storm event;
  • Pile all snow from your driveway and walkways on your property - not on the road. When clearing your driveway pile snow on the right side of your driveway if you are facing the street. This will help reduce the amount of snow pushed back into your driveway by a plow;
  • Shovel the City sidewalk in front of AND beside your property as soon as you can after a storm event and apply sand or salt when icy, By-Law
    2008-315 requires it;
  • Keep fire hydrants clear and accessible as in the event of a fire, gaining access could be critical; and
  • On your garbage day, place your garbage and recycling containers close to the edge of the road but not so close as to interfere with snow removal.

Please be patient, you can be sure that during a storm event we are exerting our maximum effort to return road conditions to normal. Under severe conditions, it takes some time to get to all streets. If your street has not been plowed, please allow at least 24 hours after the snow has stopped before calling.

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