Winter Storms

Winter storms typically involve a combination of heavy snowfall, cold temperatures and high winds. This can result in whiteouts and large amounts of drifting and blowing snow.

Use online tools to regularly check for weather-related information.

Keep safe

  • Avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Wear layers of lightweight clothing, mittens and a hat (preferably one that covers ears).
  • Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep feet warm and dry and to prevent slipping on ice and snow.
  • Regularly check for frostbite — this can result in numbness or white areas on the face and body (ears, nose, cheeks, hands and feet).
  • Take frequent breaks to avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Bring pets inside and move livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

Ice Storms

Ice storms occur when raindrops freeze on contact with a cold surface. The buildup of ice on surfaces creates unsafe conditions, such as downed trees and powerlines, slippery sidewalks and roads.

Before and during ice storms

  • Monitor media, the City’s website and social media for information.
  • Stay off the road and avoid unnecessary travel – wait until salting operations have been completed and roads have been cleared of debris.
  • Monitor weather forecasts.
  • Have an emergency kit.
  • Stay clear of downed trees and powerlines.
  • Use a fireplace to keep warm.
  • Evacuate the home if there is no longer any means to stay warm.
  • Watch for signs of broken water pipes.


Learn more about power outage safety tips.

Contact Information

Emergency Planning

Joint Operations Centre
2800 Rutherford Rd.
Vaughan, ON L4K 2N9

Mailing Address

Vaughan City Hall
2141 Major Mackenzie Dr.
Vaughan, ON L6A 1T1