Residents asked to move vehicles off city streets during snow storm

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The City of Windsor is waiving the fees for municipal parking lots ahead of the anticipated snowfall overnight.

According to a media release, municipal parking lots will be free on Tuesday, February 16, through Thursday, February 18. It’s being done to help residents get their vehicles off the street and make it easier for snowplow crews to clear the roadways.

“Should the heavy snow arrive, residents are encouraged to remove all vehicles from street parking and park in their driveway or a nearby municipal lot starting Tuesday,” read the release.

On Sunday evening, Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for the region, forecasting up to 15 centimetres. Heavy snow is expected to move into the area Monday evening, lasting into Tuesday morning.

“City plows are busy keeping the main arterial routes clear now and expect to continue on main routes during the day on Tuesday. Contracted equipment has been scheduled to move into residential areas late Tuesday morning and will be joined by city and Coco plow trucks as main routes are completed.”

Residents are also being reminded that any sidewalks conjoining residential and commercial properties are the responsibility of the property owner.

Residential property owners must clear their sidewalks within 12 hours after snowfall occurs and commercial properties within four hours. Under the Highway Traffic Act and City of Windsor by-laws, residents are prohibited from shovelling snow back onto the street while clearing sidewalks and driveways