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London digging out from first significant snowfall of the season

Depending on where you are in London you will have to spend more time shovelling than those in other parts of the city.

According to Environment Canada, the northeast end received roughly 25 centimetres of snow Thursday night into Friday morning, while the west end only got about 10 cm.

A snow squall warning for London and Middlesex County was ended at 8 a.m. Friday, with Environment Canada severe weather meteorologist Brian Owsiak noting the worst of the squalls have passed.

“London itself could see a quick five centimetres of snow Friday morning. That band will shift to the west through the day, so it is those areas to the west of the city that could see up to an additional 15 centimetres. That is the Parkhill and Watford area,” said Owsiak. “Those snow squalls will be weakening throughout the day, so by this evening they should be pretty much gone.”

Areas to the north of London were hammered harder, with snowfall amounts up to 35 centimetres reported overnight near Exeter and Goderich.

City snow plows are out in full force clearing the snow from streets and sidewalks. They begin with main arteries, such as Highbury Avenue, Wellington Road, Exeter Road and Fanshawe Park Road. Local streets and cul de sacs will see the plow after major and secondary roads are cleared.

“Our crews can get sidewalks down to snowpack condition within 48 hours after snowfall ends. Bus stop clearing starts right after that,” said John Parsons, the city’s division manager of road operations. “Conditions will vary so it’s important to look out for each other and be mindful of everyone moving around the city.”

City crews maintain 3,625 kilometres of roadway; 1,500 km of sidewalk; 720 cul-de-sacs; and 2,100 bus stops, as well as bridges and pedestrian crossovers in the winter.

There are several school bus delays including for Westminster secondary school, Parkside Collegiate Institute secondary school, Regina Mundi Catholic secondary college, and Glendale high school. To see the full list of school bus delays click here.