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Storm Preparation

EXTREME WEATHER ALERT

The City of Abbotsford is experiencing prolonged periods of arctic winds and freezing temperatures.  Please visit this Weather Alert Page for up to date information for residents during these extended periods of cold winter conditions.

February 15, 2019 10:30am Update

The weekend weather forecast calls for rain during the day and temperatures to drop to freezing in the evenings. Occasional mixed precipitation is anticipated during the evening hours. Anti-ice trucks will be out over the weekend. Roads may be icy so please drive with caution. 

February 14, 2019 9:30am Update

An additional 5-10cm of snowfall is forecast for later today. All main roads and secondary roads are clear. City staff will continue to sand, salt and plough roads. Roads may be slippery, please travel with care.

February 13, 2019 2:00pm Update

City crews are continuing to sand, salt and plough roads. Once the priority 1 routes have been cleared priority 2 routes, local streets and cul-de-sacs will be cleared.  Roads may be slippery, please travel with care.

February 12, 2019, 4:30pm Update 

More snow (1-3cm) is forecast for tonight. City staff is out sanding, salting and ploughing the roads and will likely be on local streets and cul-de-sacs throughout the evening, unless called back to 1st priority routes due to snow.

February 12, 2019, 9:30am Update

Snowfall will continue throughout the day today and is expected to end around 4:00am Wednesday morning.  City staff is out sanding, salting and ploughing roads. When Priority 1 routes have been cleared staff will move onto 2nd priority routes and residential streets.

More information on road clearing priorities are available at abbotsford.ca/snowandice.

February 11, 2019, 1:10pm Update 

Recent winds and sub-zero temperatures have impacted roads, parks, and electricity across Abbotsford. All City parks and trails have been temporarily closed due to current weather conditions. Residents are reminded to use caution in icy conditions and to refrain from ice skating and/or walking on frozen ponds and lakes as it is extremely hazardous. View the details here.

February 11, 2019, 9:15am Update

Snow is expected to begin again around 4:00pm with accumulations of 10 to 15 cm expected, and temperature expected to stay below freezing until late next week.  City staff will continue to sand and salt roads  Note: Roads may be slippery, please use caution when walking or driving.

Visit the Snow and Ice FAQs page for information on the City’s Snow and Ice Control Policy and the priority routes for snow clearing.

The following shelters will be providing additional shelter spaces during the extreme winter weather.
Salvation Army, 34081 Gladys Avenue, Abbotsford
Gateway Church, 2884 Abbotsford Mission Highway, Abbotsford
The Warm Zone (adult females), 33264 Old Yale Road, Abbotsford

To arrange outreach and/or transportation, please call the Cyrus Centre at 604-859-5773

All Park Trails have been closed due to current weather conditions and fallen trees.

February 10, 2019 12:45pm Update

Light snow is forecast to start around 2:00pm Sunday and continue until 1:00am Monday morning.  The temperature is expected to stay bellow freezing until early next week. City staff will be out sanding/salting roads once snow starts to fall. The focus will be on main roads and collector roads before moving on to local roads.  Some roads may be slippery, please use caution when walking or driving.

Visit the Snow and Ice FAQs page for information on the City’s Snow and Ice Control Policy and the priority routes for snow clearing.

February 7, 2019 4:30pm Update 

Wind warning for the Fraser Valley has been issued with gusts expected up to 90km/h developing late Friday night and persisting through Saturday.  High winds can cause damage to buildings. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage.  Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds.

Light snow may be seen over the South Coast overnight with periods of snow expected on Friday. Most areas will receive 2-4 centimetres on Friday. 

February 4, 2019 11:00am Update

1) SHELTER INFORMATION: The following shelters will be providing additional shelter spaces during the extreme winter weather.

  • Salvation Army, 34081 Gladys Avenue, Abbotsford
  • Gateway Church, 2884 Abbotsford Mission Highway, Abbotsford
  • The Warm Zone (adult females), 33264 Old Yale Road, Abbotsford

To arrange outreach and/or transportation, please call the Cyrus Centre at 604-859-5773.

2) ROAD INFORMATION: Roads crews have been out overnight sanding & salting and are continuing throughout the day today. Please visit www.abbotsford.ca/snowandice for information about our snow & ice program, including how routes are prioritized.

3) STRONG WINDS & POWER OUTAGE INFORMATION:  Strong artic winds are forecast for Abbotsford persisting into Tuesday. Residents are advised to be prepared for possible power outages and to adjust their driving with changing road conditions due to high winds. Up-to-date weather alerts can be found here.

High winds may bring power outages. Make sure you are prepared:  Power outages should be reported to BC Hydro at 1 800 BCHYDRO (1 800 224 9376) or *49376 on your mobile phone.



Know the Risks and Get Prepared

To get prepared for a storm, you should know the risks specific to your community and your region to help you better prepare. To find out what the hazards are in your region, visit the Know the Risks section of the Get Prepared Website  

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Preparing for Severe Storms

Before:

  • Trim dead branches and cut down dead trees to reduce the danger of these falling onto your house during a storm. 
  • Clean gutters, drains and downpipes. 
  • Make sure your roof is in good repair. 
  • Prepare an emergency kit.

When a Storm is Imminent:

  • When a severe storm is on the horizon, Environment Canada will issue weather warnings through the Weatheroffice website, automated telephone information lines and its “Weatheradio” service. Radio and television stations will also broadcast Environment Canada weather statements. Pay attention to that information.
  • Always check the weather forecast before heading out on the water. Do not go boating in a storm. If you are on the water and see bad weather approaching, head for shore immediately. Remember to file a sail plan with a responsible person, and frequently monitor the VHF marine or Weatheradio broadcast throughout your trip. 
  • Secure everything that might be blown around or torn loose – indoors and outdoors. Flying objects such as garbage cans and lawn furniture can injure people and damage property. 
  • Consider going to the sheltered area that you and your family identified in your emergency plan. 

During a Storm:

  • If you are indoors during a storm, stay away from windows, doors and fireplaces.
  • If you are advised by officials to evacuate, do so. Delay may make later evacuation difficult or impossible. Take your emergency kit with you. 
  • If indoors, you can use a cellular or cordless telephone during a severe storm, but it is not safe to use a corded telephone. 
  • If you are in a car, stop the car away from trees or power lines that might fall on you.
  • Avoid the base of steep or unstable slopes and low areas prone to flooding. Stay inside the car. 
  • Stay at least 10 metres (33 feet) away from downed powerlines.  There is no way to know if a downed powerline is active – Don’t take the chance!
  • Report downed trees to the City by calling 604-864-5552
  • Report downed powerlines by calling 911

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How to Contact the City

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