STORM | Niagara crews prepare for tonight's snowstorm

It's all hands on deck across Niagara with a major snowstorm on the way.

Environment Canada has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Niagara with 15-25cm of snow expected to fall tonight, overnight, and early tomorrow morning.

The heaviest bands of snow will hit after 7pm tonight.

Cities and towns across Niagara are getting ready to clear the massive amount of snow in the forecast.

 Manager of Roadways for the city of Niagara Falls Marianne Tikky tells CKTB News they are going to attack the storm in two phases since it will be a consistent wet, heavy snowfall.

She says all plow trucks are hooked up and prepared to head out once the rain stops.

Tikky says at midnight they will start the rural areas, and will hit the city roads at 1am and that will hopefully help clear most roads when people head out in the morning.

She says there is a significant amount of snow predicted to fall over the evening and overnight so she's hoping people will give themselves lots of time in the morning since the snow will be heavier than usual to move around.

Over in St.Catharines, Darrell Smith Senior Operations Manager is also asking residents to prepare.

Smith says they will keep up with the storm the best they can, and will hit priority roads first.

St.Catharines will have 21 snow clearing vehicles on the roads tonight starting as soon as flurries start to fly.

Smith says they started to prepare today by putting down direct liquid application over hills and bridges to hopefully prevent slippery roads.

St. Catharines will put S’No Parking into effect for 24 hours starting Friday, March 2 at 7 a.m. so crews can remove snow from neighbourhood streets.

In Linclon, the town has issued a Keep It Clear alert.

Officials advising residents that there is no street parking in Lincoln for the next 72 hours, as more than 10 cm of snow has been forecasted this evening and overnight.