‘Significant’ snowfall, risk of freezing rain for Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes

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Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Peterborough area with heavy snowfall and a risk of freezing rain on Tuesday.

In a statement first issued at 5 a.m. Monday and updated at 11 a.m., the weather agency says a “significant snowfall” with a risk of freezing rain is possible Tuesday afternoon and into the night. It will impact Peterborough, Peterborough County and the City of Kawartha Lakes .

Between 10 and 15 centimetres of snow is expected, with locally higher amounts possible due to an impending snowstorm in southern Ontario, the statement reads.

“Snow associated with a major winter storm is expected to move into portions of southern Ontario on Tuesday,” Environment Canada states. “Snow may be heavy at times with a risk of freezing rain.”

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The snow is expected to change to rain on Tuesday night as temperatures rise above the freezing mark.

Environment Canada advises travel conditions may be difficult and to monitor for any travel advisories in the region.

Storm preparations

The City of Peterborough says it is prepared to deploy its full complement of 18 plow trucks, 11 sidewalk plows, two graders, seven loaders and backhoes and four light-sanding units, with winter abrasives and de-icers stocked

Following legislated standards, the city says its crews will focus on arterial and collector roads first, with residential streets, sidewalks and trails to be addressed as resources and conditions allow.

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City of Peterborough public works prepares for winter wallop


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“Work will continue until the cCity’s 978 lane kilometres of roads, 450 kilometres of sidewalks, 39 kilometres of trails and 650 bus stops are cleared,” the city stated Monday afternoon.

Drivers are reminded winter parking restrictions are in place and parking is prohibited on all city streets from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. daily.

During snowstorms, free overnight parking is available in municipal parking garages and surface lots. Drivers can use the parking garage entrance ticket for a free ride home on Peterborough Transit.

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