Published on November 16, 2021

Where is the Snowplow?

Here’s When, Where and How the City Clears Snow and Ice

During the winter months, when the snow is flying, the City of St. Albert takes care of snow and ice control throughout the city. The winter maintenance team strives to provide residents and drivers with roads, sidewalks and parking lots that are as clear and as safe as possible. Our crews are out from the first snowfall, until mid-April, with a variety of equipment.

When does plowing begin?

Snow removal vehicles are deployed once the snow accumulates to a certain centimeter count. Until then, sand is dispersed to make sure roads have as much traction as possible. Priority 1 roads are always plowed first – such as Ray Gibbon Drive and St. Albert Trail. These roads are vital for travelers and see the most volume throughout the day. Next are Priority 2 areas, called arterial roads which connect residential areas to the main roads, such as Hebert Road and Boudreau Road.

When will I see plowing in my neighbourhood?

Residents will see plows out on their streets when the snow-pack has accumulated to 6-9cm. The schedule of plowing is on a rotational basis, so each time a new clearing occurs, the same neighbourhood isn’t first or last. Sometimes, circumstances such as hills or high inclines, neighbourhoods with mobility issues and coordinating waste collection schedules can play a factor when scheduling snow clearing.

Watch for snow removal signs in your area and remember to park vehicles in the garage or on the driveway.

How can I help?

Residents can help ensure that clearing and removing snow takes place in a safe and quick manner by:

  • Keeping your distance and not approaching the equipment.
  • Making sure it’s safe to pass.
  • Being patient as we work through the winter season.

Learn more about winter roads and snow maintenance


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Last edited: November 26, 2021