'Extremely difficult' conditions for Saint John plow operators
With more snow forecast for Thursday, city crews struggle to get ahead on snow removal
Much of Saint John shut down Monday, but street-clearing crews are "hanging in there," according to Mike Hugenholtz, commissioner of transportation and environment for the City of Saint John.
Most of the main streets were in good condition as of Tuesday morning, but "it's still a battle with many of the side streets," said Hugenholtz.
Many less-travelled roads won't be fully plowed out until later Tuesday afternoon.
"We are working through the whole day," Hugenholtz said.
Pedestrians, stuck cars a challenge
The conditions Monday were "extremely difficult" for snow removal crews, according to Hugenholtz.
"The visibility was very poor with blowing snow and high winds," Hugenholtz said. "There were pedestrians walking on the roads, which was a challenge, and cars getting stuck, which blocked access both for other cars and our plows.
"I think people need to ask themselves if they really need to hit the roads. Exercise your judgment, and remember you aren't doing anyone any favours if you get stuck."
More snow on the way
With another 10 to 15 centimetres of snow in Thursday's forecast, Saint Johners can expect more overnight parking bans Tuesday night and in the coming days, Hugenholtz said.
The double-whammy "isn't ideal," he said, but "we can't schedule the storms at a more convenient time."
"We'll have make our best effort to be in good shape for Thursday," he said.
Hugenholtz also reminded frustrated, storm-struck folks that while the hostile weather is tough on everybody, the snow-removal crews are working as hard as possible.
"Many of them are working multiple "12, 14, 16-hour shifts in a row," he said. "And a lot of times when they get home, they have their own driveways to clear and walkways to shovel.
"But they always do their best for the city of Saint John."
With files from Information Morning Saint John