KAWARTHA LAKES-Effective immediately, the City of Kawartha Lakes has declared a significant weather event following the weather alert issued by Environment Canada and projected sustained high winds causing poor visibility and dangerous driving conditions.
This declaration suspends the standard timelines required for the City to meet their winter maintenance objectives. During a significant weather event, winter maintenance service levels for roads may not be met.
Environment Canada’s weather advisory states:
- Strong wind gusts 70 to 80 km/h.
- Sudden reduction of visibility due to flurries and blowing snow.
- Extreme cold wind chills near minus 30.
- Local to scattered blowing snow.
- Accumulation of snow due to blowing snow on road surfaces, especially over exposed areas.
The declaration is effective immediately and is expected to last until 5:00 pm, December 27, 2022, when winds are projected to subside and meaning Staff will be able to achieve maintenance requirements.
“Travel may be hazardous due to sudden changes in the weather. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.” said the City in a press release.
Officials say all City of Kawartha Lakes winter maintenance equipment is working to meet service levels. It is recommended to make alternate travel plans if possible.