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Winter Weather Information

In advance of snow and cold temperatures, residents are asked to be prepared and stay safe. 

While City crews will be working to clear roads of snow and ice, drivers should be prepared for winter driving conditions and avoid unnecessary travel. Ensure you have proper tires and pack a winter emergency kit in your car that includes things like a windshield scraper, shovel, spare antifreeze, blanket, flashlight, and phone charger. Click here for more winter driving tips and a full emergency kit checklist.

STAY WARM: Find shelter and warming centre information here.

Road Clearing

Road are cleared of snow in a priority sequence. Primary snow routes include major transportation routes, transit routes, hospital and school zones, as well as city facilities. Secondary priority routes will be addressed once the first priority routes are under control. Lanes will only be cleared in response to a medical emergency or other special circumstance.

Please visit the snow removal webpage to view primary snow clearing route maps.


Property owners and occupants in New Westminster are reminded that the City’s Street and Traffic Bylaw No. 7664, 2015 requires snow and ice to be removed from sidewalks abutting their property by no later than 10:00 am of the day following a snowfall event.

When clearing sidewalks:

  • Sidewalks should be clear of snow and ice the full length and width and down to bare concrete to ensure accessibility for all citizens.
  • Please do not shovel onto the street.
  • Please do not use table, rock salt, or a sodium based product as it will damage the surface of the sidewalk. Suitable de-icing products are available for purchase at local retailers.

Adopt a sidewalk

Help make a positive contribution in your community. Residents who are able and willing may wish to consider lending a hand. Adopt the sidewalk of a senior or a person with a mobility challenge.

Date posted:November 28, 2022