Assortment of snow equipment

City preparing for freezing temperatures, warming shelters available for those sleeping outside

March 5 2020 –

With a chance of freezing temperatures and wet snow mixing with rain into the weekend, the City of Vancouver is prepared to respond and encourages residents to drive for the conditions.

Currently wet snow mixing with rain overnight Friday into Saturday morning is forecasted, with minimal road slush. Cold and likely freezing overnight temperatures are anticipated Saturday through Monday, while daytime temperatures will remain mild.

While weekend snowfall accumulations are anticipated to be minimal, staff and salting/plow trucks are readied for deployment with a focus on keeping arterial routes, walking and cycling routes, and hills free of ice. 

In preparation for wet and icy road conditions we’re encouraging drivers take into account the conditions and use winter tires that display the three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol or the mud and snow (M+S) symbol, with at least a 3.5mm tread.

All property owners and occupants must clear ice and snow from sidewalks around their property by 10 am the morning after a snowfall, seven days a week. By helping to clear sidewalks in a timely manner, we collectively ensure that snow and ice does not cause danger for others, especially seniors and people with mobility challenges. 

Warming centre and additional shelter spaces

Residents sleeping outside are urged to visit Powell Street Getaway warming centre or one of the extreme weather shelters which are open across the city.

For the last week, Powell Street Getaway has been operating as a warming centre and providing hot drinks and a safe space to anyone who needs it, including people who have pets and carts.

The Province, in conjunction with Homelessness Services Association of BC and community organizations, also opens additional shelter spaces when extreme weather alerts are issued when the temperature is 0 degrees or feels like 0.

View details including the locations and hours of the warming centre and additional shelters (218 KB)