Winter Weather Readiness

If a winter storm strikes, will you be ready? While December in the Township has been mild so far, ensure you’re prepared should the snow begin to fall.

Plan ahead:

  • If it begins to snow, move vehicles parked in front of your driveway to help with road clearing.
  • Clear any curbside catch basins in front of your property so water produced by melting snow flows into the basins and not into your driveway or house.
  • Keep a large quantity of salt or sand handy. Apply it to walkways and the sidewalk fronting your property in case they get slippery.
  • Get to know your neighbours and keep seniors in mind. Assist those who need a little extra help with stocking up on supplies ahead of a storm and clearing their sidewalks afterward. Learn more about helping seniors during wintry weather .

Stay safe:

  • Wait to drive until weather conditions improve. Not only is it safer, but clearing priority routes is more effective when there are fewer vehicles on the road.
  • Do not attempt to stop or pass Township vehicles that are sanding, salting, or plowing.
  • Pushing shoveled snow onto the road can compromise pedestrian and motorist safety. Instead, pile the snow on the right side of your driveway or onto your yard.
  • Clearing snow from your sidewalk is not only the neighbourly thing to do, it is also the law . Residential property owners are required to clear snow from sidewalks fronting their property within 24 hours of a snowfall.
  • A snow day can be fun, but caution children against building snow structures in roadside snow banks or playing sports on roads. Moving vehicles can compromise safety as stopping distance increases in poor conditions.
  • For those receiving municipal curbside collection, ensure your containers are visible and accessible for collection crews. Clear snow from carts and sidewalks allows crews to access your garbage, Green Cart, and recycling containers.

Keep up-to-date:

  • When severe winter weather strikes, crews work around the clock to maintain roads in good winter condition. With more than 900 kilometres of roadway in the Township, priorities are assigned based on the type of street and the volume of traffic. Learn about First, Second, or Third Priority Routes and maintaining roadways in good winter condition.
  • Unusual weather conditions spur questions about plowing, brining, salting, sidewalks, priority routes, and garbage, cart, and recycling collection. We’ve rounded-up some of the most frequently asked questions in our Snow and Ice FAQ.
  • Before creating a snow and ice control service request online, learn more about the Township’s storm response plan at For general enquiries, call the Engineering Division at 604-532-7300.
  • Be the first to know if poor weather conditions affect curbside garbage, recycling, or organics pick up. Sign up for curbside collection reminders or alerts specific to your neighbourhood.
  • Follow the Township of Langley on Facebook  and Twitter , and sign up for My Notifications.
  • If a winter storm results in continuous severe conditions for more than two days, the Township activates the Storm Response Information Hotline. Residents can call 604-514-HELP (4357) for voice-recorded updates during extreme weather events.

Engineering Division