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.
- Weather: local weather and forecasts
- Roads: interactive maps, road conditions and driving information
- Schools: York Region School Board or York Region Catholic District School Board for information on school and bus cancellations
- Snow removal: Vaughan’s winter maintenance
- 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 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.