Update - 6:00PM January 17, 2022:
The snowfall has now concluded, with parts of the City receiving upwards of 40 cm of snow. Wind conditions are still very gusty and will contribute greatly to blowing and drifting snow this evening and over night.
Due to the drifting snow, the afternoon crew will continue to address as a priority mainline arterial and collectors all evening to ensure they are safe for motorists. We will endeavour to also continue with first-passes of streets not yet reached once our mainlines are in good shape.
Starting again at midnight tonight, our full-scale plow operation will resume in order to ensure that roads are ready for the return of buses, and so that drivers have a safe morning commute. It is our anticipation that all roads will have at least a single pass, and many will have multiple passes by tomorrow morning. We will continue to work throughout the morning on further cleanup, followed by an application of sand. Sidewalk plow crews will also resume operations tomorrow starting at 5:00 am.
Thank you for your continued support and patience, and stay warm!
Update - 1:45PM January 17, 2022:
The City’s municipal crews continue to respond to the winter weather event affecting our area. A full scale city wide plowing operation is underway, and will continue throughout the evening and into tomorrow morning. Our plowing priorities at this time are our mainline arterial and collector roads. Side streets and cul-de-sacs will be addressed as soon as practically possible, but as expected, will not be fully completed until we have safely addressed conditions on our higher-order roadways.
We ask for the public’s patience and cooperation to ensure everyone’s collective safety.
Residents are reminded not park on streets to allow plow equipment room to work, and to keep a safe distance from plow trucks to allow them to work safely. Residents who intend on traveling should check the weather and leave additional time for travel. Residents are also reminded to adjust their driving habits as they may encounter less than ideal road conditions.
TRANSIT UPDATE | City of Niagara Falls conventional and paratransit services are suspended until further notice at this time. This is a decision made based on road conditions, status of plowing operations and for the safety of operators and the riding public. Updates will provided when they become available.
Original Release - Issued at 7:00AM January 17, 2022:
NIAGARA FALLS, ON - Due to the winter storm, the following City of Niagara Falls administrative facilities are closed to the public today:
- City Hall (4310 Queen Street)
- MacBain Community Centre (7150 Montrose Road)
- WEGO Transit facility (8208 Heartland Forest Road)
Gale Centre and the Niagara Falls History Museum have been closed since January 3rd, 2022 due to Provincial COVID measures.
Essential City services are operational, but the decision was made to close administrative facilities based on hazardous road conditions and snow accumulation early Monday morning. Fire and emergency services are not affected by the closure. Residents are reminded that 911 is to be used for emergency situations only.
City services can still be accessed online.
City of Niagara Falls crews commenced full scale city wide plowing operations to address residential areas at 4:00am this morning. Crews will continue to actively plow and salt arterial and collector roads and sidewalk routes.
TRANSIT UPDATE | All City of Niagara Falls Transit conventional, Chair A Van specialized, and Regional bus services have been temporarily suspended at this time due to weather conditions.
All Niagara Falls Library branches will be closed today, as well as the Niagara Region Public Health vaccination clinic at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre.
Residents can support the City’s winter storm response by:
- refraining from parking on streets in order to allow plow equipment the room to clear snow
- keeping a safe distance from plow trucks to allow them to work safely
- reconsidering non-essential travel until conditions improve. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. If travel is necessary, check weather conditions, plan additional time and exercise caution.
Normal operations are expected to resume on January 18 at 8:30 a.m. The City will continue to share information about closures or interruptions to services as the weather event unfolds.
For updates visit www.niagarafalls.ca, view the City’s Facebook page or follow the City on Twitter.
For more information, contact:
Chief Administrative Officer
City of Niagara Falls