Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warming for areas across British Columbia, including east Vancouver Island where Ladysmith could receive between five and 15 cm of snow by Saturday.
“The snow will begin over Vancouver Island late this evening and further east overnight and continue into Friday,” said an Environment Canada weather alert issued Thursday.
“The snow is expected to become mixed with rain Friday afternoon or evening over low lying coastal communities.”
Winds are expected out of the southeast at between 40 to 60 km/h which will make for poor visibility and difficult driving conditions.
“More precipitation is on the way Saturday but will likely fall as rain for low lying region. Flurries are possible on Sunday across the region,” the weather agency said.
Here is a list of five things Ladysmith residents should know ahead of the winter wonderland.
Snow day information for parents
If the Nanaimo-Ladysmith District School Board cancels classes due to the weather all information will be posted on the SD68 Twitter, Facebook and mobile app. Updates will also be broadcast on Wolf 106.9 FM, Wave 102.3 FM and 91.7 Coast FM.
Residents can save a few dollars and find free salt out front of the town’s public works yard at 330 6 Ave.
Which roads will get cleared first ?
The town’s priority is first to clear all main roads (4th Avenue, 1st Avenue, Dogwood Drive, Davis Road and Chemainus Road). In addition, plows will be out clearing the main hills in town. Following the snowfall, it may take up to 48 hours for all roads to be cleared.
Park in your driveway, towing possible
To help clear the roads, the town asks that residents keep the roads clear for the plows by parking in the driveway, or elsewhere on your property. In some cases, such as emergency routes, cars may be towed to ensure the snow is cleared.
Shoveling the white stuff
Residents, commercial property owner or tenant are required to shovel sidewalks by 10 a.m. after the snowfall. Make sure to lend a hand and help elderly neighours.
Out enjoying the snow day ? Make sure to email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send them via social media to facebook.com/ladysmithchemainuschronicle or twitter.com/lc_chronicle.