If more than approximately 30 cm of snow accumulates during uninterrupted snowfall and/or roadway mobility is threatened, the City can declare a severe snow event to restore immediate mobility.
When a Severe Snowfall Response is Initiated
- All available resources are deployed to ensure roads are safe
- Overnight parking bans are declared on residential roads
- Residential roads are plowed to bare pavement
- The Severe Snow Event team is engaged and the crisis communication plan is executed
The Severe Snow Event Team includes operational and communications representatives from the City, Transit, 311, Emergency Services, Edmonton Police Service, EPCOR, Waste, Bylaw Enforcement and Council Services.
In the event of an extreme winter storm that leads to the closure of a significant portion of the roadway network, the City Manager, at her discretion, can declare a snow emergency.
Declaring a snow emergency activates the Emergency Operations Centre, which will coordinate all snow clearing activities and focus on ensuring mobility for emergency and essential services until general roadway mobility can be restored.