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Significant Weather Event Declared

The Town of Carleton Place has declared a Significant Weather Event in response to current winter weather conditions that will are impacting travel throughout the Town of Carleton Place.  This declaration is made pursuant to Ontario Regulation 239/02, Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways.

The intent of this notification is to advise that, due to current or forecasted weather conditions, residents should exercise an abundance of caution when travelling on municipally maintained roads and sidewalks as the current weather conditions will result in Town staff taking longer than usual to bring municipal streets and sidewalks back to a state of repair.  

A significant weather event is issued when the weather forecast, or actual weather condition(s) includes one or more of the following conditions:
•    Significant snow accumulation during a 24-hour period,
•    Ice formation that occurs with no warning from the weather forecast,
•    High winds leading to large snow drifts,
•    Cold temperature when de-icing operations will no longer be effective.

Residents are encouraged to monitor local weather conditions and follow updates provided by the Town of Carleton Place posted on the Town’s website and social media.  The Town will issue a statement when the Significant Weather Event has ended.

The following condition / warning has been issued by Environment Canada:

Hazards:
Total snowfall amounts of 25 to 40 cm with locally higher amounts of up to 50 cm.
Snow, at times heavy, with peak snowfall rates of 5 to 8 cm per hour possible this morning, which will significantly reduce visibilities.
Local blowing snow due to winds gusting up to 60 km/h.

When: Now through this evening.

Discussion: A low pressure system tracking south of the Great Lakes will bring significant snowfall to the region. Heavy snow will significantly impact commutes today. Local blowing snow is also possible this afternoon and evening with gusty northerly to northwesterly winds.

Impacts:

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. Take frequent breaks and avoid strain when clearing snow.