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Snow prompts police warning to Nelson motorists

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If the white stuff finally falling isn’t warning enough, Nelson Police are advising drivers to get their vehicles ready for snow.

Nelson weather can be unpredictable and though crews work to keep the roads clear and sanded, it’s up to motorists to do their part, say police.

While winter tires aren’t yet mandated on all roads, tires and chains are required on posted highways. The City of Nelson has posted signs so drivers entering the city know winter tires are required for the snowy hills. Winter tires can be identified by the mountain and snowflake symbol on the sidewall of the tire.

Also, before heading out, snow should be cleared from the entire vehicle including the hood, trunk, lights and mirrors. Drivers should wait for the interior to defog so visibility isn’t impaired.

NPD is also advising drivers to be aware of the emergency, transit and downtown routes that are a priority for city crews. The downtown has priority for snow clear up but residential streets will be cleared as time and amount of snowfall permits. Vehicles towed to allow plowing will be towed by the city and can be usually found around the corner.

For more information on safe routes, the City of Nelson website www.nelson.ca gives details of the City’s snow management plan.

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