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The City is enhancing snow and ice operations to improve your experience during winter. Updates will be made to this page shortly. Please check back for more details. 

The City's priority is to deliver a safe and livable mobility network for all users throughout the winter season.

The City maintains all roadways including freeways, main roads, bus routes, bike routes, residential roads and alleys throughout the winter.
Bans can be declared between November 5 and March 15 with 8 hours notice. Don't park on a seasonal parking ban route while the ban is in effect.
The City uses many tools, independently or in combination, to ensure safe winter travel.
Snow doesn’t have to mean the end of bike season. When riding your bike in the winter plan ahead to keep warm and safe.
Follow these tips to ensure you and your vehicle stay safe on winter roads.
Snow removed from roads is taken to one of Edmonton's snow storage facilities.
Please clear sidewalks around your property as soon as possible to keep everyone moving safely.

How the City responds to snow on major roads and on neighbourhood streets.

Snow and Ice Clearing Process

When it snows, a priority clearing system helps keep traffic flowing smoothly. Clearing times begin from the end of snowfall. 

First Priority - Cleared within 24-48 hours
Freeways, arterial roads and business districts.

Protected bike lanes are treated as arterials because of the impact on cyclists’ mobility.

Second Priority - Cleared within 48 hours
Collector/bus routes and transit Park and Ride access roads.

Third Priority - Cleared within 5 days
Local industrial roadways.

Fourth Priority - Cleared within 5 days
Residential streets and alleys are cleared once a 5cm snowpack has formed. Crews continuously measure snowpack levels on residential roads after snowfalls. Painted bike lanes are cleared at the same time as the closest street.  

Methods and Tools

Several methods are used to achieve a safe and reliable mobility network. The goal is to use the right tool and method for the current and forecasted condition. 

Anti-icing brine is only directly applied to protected bike lanes, City-maintained sidewalks and active pathways. It also acts as a pre-wetting agent in sand and salt to ensure the sand and salt adhere to the snow and ice accumulation on the road surface. Anti-icing brine is not directly applied to roads in Edmonton.   

Residential Blading
After a major snowfall, Edmonton neighbourhoods are bladed to a 5cm snow pack after arterial and collector roads are cleared. 

Roadway Plowing
Snow plowing begins on main roads after snow has accumulated and more snow is forecasted.

Sand and Salt
The City applies sand, salt or a mix of both to roads and walkways as required to maintain traction and/or melt snow and ice.

Seasonal Parking Bans
A ban on major roads, collector routes and designated bus routes goes into effect with at least 8 hours notice when a significant snowfall leads to plowing on major roads.

Snow and Ice Clearing Capacity

Following a major snow event City crews clear more than 11,000 km of roadways. That’s like driving to Newfoundland and back. 

How do we do this? The City has up to 500 field-level crew members who work around the clock, seven days a week. Including contracted equipment, the City’s snow and ice team can scale up to a fleet of several hundred pieces of equipment, including 150+ plows, 300+ graders, 260+ end dumps, and other specialized equipment. The amount of equipment involved for any weather event expands or contracts depending on the scale of the weather.

Regular Maintenance

Throughout the winter, City crews and snow and ice control equipment works around the clock, seven days a week. Crews apply sand and salt to priority areas, clear snow accumulation and respond to citizen notifications throughout the season. 

Plowing starts when snow accumulation is 3cm on main roads. Crews begin plowing during snowfall, however snow can accumulate behind crews as they clear roads. 

Major Plowing Event

A major plowing event is declared when approximately 10cm of snow accumulates. Hired graders help get the job done.

Priority roads will be cleared within 48 hours after the end of a snowfall. Crews will continue to plow to keep traffic moving.

Major Plowing Event Priority Order:

  1. Freeways (excluding Anthony Henday Drive)
  2. Main arterial roads
  3. Bus collector routes

Plow Map
Please note that the plow map will only be activated following a major snowfall.


A windrow is a pile of snow on the side of a road that was created by plowing or blading. The City only clears a section of the windrow, equal to the width of one vehicle. Windrows that are:

  • Less than 30cm tall that block driveways are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner
  • 30cm tall or more that block driveways are cleared by the City

Windrows may lead to less on-street parking. Residents are encouraged to park in driveways or garages.

The City will clear windrows where required from:

  • Arterial and collector roads
  • Bus routes
  • Schools
  • Seniors centres
  • Cul-de-sacs when excessive snow volumes make it necessary
Bike Lane Maintenance

Painted bike lanes are cleared at the same time as adjacent main roads to ensure all travellers on busy routes are entitled to the same road maintenance standards, regardless of mode. 

The City aims to plow and remove snow on bike lanes within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. Shared pathways are cleared within 48 hours after the end of a snowfall.

Protected bike lanes are maintained by anti-icing brine, sweeping and removing snow from buffer areas and clearing snow from adjacent sidewalks. 

Anti-Icing Bike Map

Severe Snow Emergencies

If more than 30cm of snow accumulates during uninterrupted snowfall and/or roadway mobility is threatened, the City can declare a severe snow event to restore immediate mobility. 

Severe Snowfall Response

  • All available resources are deployed to ensure roads are safe
  • Overnight parking bans are declared on residential roads
  • Residential roads are plowed to bare pavement
  • The Severe Snow Event team is engaged and the crisis communication plan is executed

The Severe Snow Event Team includes operational and communications representatives from the City, Transit, 311, Emergency Services, Edmonton Police Service, EPCOR, Waste, Bylaw Enforcement and Council Services.

Snow Emergency

In the event of an extreme winter storm that leads to the closure of a significant portion of the roadway network the City Manager can declare a snow emergency. Declaring a snow emergency activates the Emergency Operations Centre, which will coordinate all snow clearing activities and focus on ensuring mobility for emergency and essential services until general roadway mobility can be restored.

Parking Bans and Roadway Alerts

Roadway Alerts

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For More Information

Roadway Maintenance


In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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