Crews prep roads in Waterloo region, Wellington county ahead of winter weather

Crews in Waterloo region and Wellington county spent Thursday preparing for the first snowfall of the season.
Environment Canada issued warned of snow squalls in northern Wellington County and potential icy roads in Waterloo region and southern Wellington County. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

With snow in the forecast for late Thursday, crews in Waterloo region and Wellington county have been preparing area roads for winter weather.

Environment Canada issued weather advisories Wednesday afternoon warning of snow squalls in northern Wellington county and flurries in Waterloo region and southern Wellington county.

The northern part of Wellington county may see heavier snowfall than Waterloo region.

John O'Donnell, the county's roads superintendent, said they are prepared and some crew members were sent home to get some rest ahead of anticipated shift work.

Snowplowing shifts normally begin two weeks from now in late November, he said.

If the snow comes, he said there will be about 12 trucks on the road at once Thursday night. The county has 27 trucks ready.

"We've had worse storms hit us earlier than this," O'Donnell said.

Environment Canada said northern Wellington county is expecting snow squalls, with some areas accumulating over 15 cm of snow.

Regional roads ready

Waterloo region is also getting ready.

"We have been out anti-icing through the day on Wednesday as well as Thursday as well," said Scott Berry, operations manager of the roads and traffic division at the City of Kitchener. 

He said anti-icing is a preventative measure that involves adding a salt brine to the roads to give staff more time to clear the roads when snow falls.

The City of Cambridge also tweeted Thursday morning that crews are ready. 

No one at the City of Waterloo was immediately available to comment on the city's preparation.

In Waterloo region and Guelph, about 2 to 4 cm of snow is expected Thursday night, with a low of -10 C. Wind is expected to be northwest gusting at 30 km/h and gusting to 50 km/h.