James Dickinson shovels snow in the Brechin neighbourhood on Monday. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Snowfall expected to taper off today

More flurries coming in the evening, but only another 5 centimetres forecast to fall

Nanaimo is expected to get a reprieve from snow shovelling for a day.

A few more centimetres are forecast to fall this morning and into the afternoon, and more flurries in the evening, but then there will be a break in the weather until Thursday, says Environment Canada.

“The snowfall will gradually taper off this afternoon into the early evening as low centre weakens,” noted a snowfall warning issued early Tuesday morning.

As of 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, Environment Canada was calling for another 5-10 centimetres.

The City of Nanaimo updated residents yesterday on snow clearing, saying in a press release that the focus is on priority routes such as main roads and emergency routes, and then when possible, secondary and tertiary routes.

The city reminded motorists to drive with care on roads with packed snow and ice and keep back from snow plows.

“We saw more snow on the island than was predicted and crews have been working around the clock to clear priority routes,” said Bill Sims, city director of engineering and public works, in a press release.

City of Nanaimo waste collection is cancelled again from today, and residents are asked not to put their carts out.

“We will allow one extra bag of garbage during your next garbage pickup (must fit into garbage cart so that it can be tipped),” noted a social media post from the city.

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