Saskatoon's severe winters mean the city required a wide variety of snow programs, including regular maintenance and special programs. City crews work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide better winter conditions for drivers and pedestrians.
Streets are graded as close to the pavement as possible and snow is pushed to the side of the road, onto boulevards, or down the middle of streets. Snow is removed on the streets with no room to store the snow and where accumulation causes visibility issues for drivers. During and after a heavy snowfall, salting, sanding and grading occurs according to the City's Priority System, with the highest traffic streets being cleared first.
We're Plowing Ahead! Help us provide Better Winter Roads! You can report snow and ice related issues through our online form or by calling our Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476.
Additional staff and outside contractors help out during and following a snow event where there is 5 cm or more accumulated snow. View our snow grading map which shows the status of cleared streets after a snow event. De-icing and grading occurs based on the following Priority Street System:
Priority 1: Highest traffic streets - will be plowed within 12 hours after a snowstorm ends.
Priority 2: Rapid transit bus routes and busy streets - will be graded within 36 hours.
Priority 3: Main streets, school zones and residential pathways - will be graded within 72 hours.
Lit asphalt park pathways are cleared of snow within 48 hours after a snowstorm ends. Another snowfall or blowing snow within the 72-hour timeframe may require crews to return to Priority 1 streets, causing clearing to take longer.
City-wide snow grading
City-wide neighbourhood grading will be initiated after the snowpack is a minimum of 15 centimetres (6 inches) to prevent ruts. The intent is to perform this program later in the season to reduce the time that windrows adversely affect parking. Also, if the snow pack turns to ice at any point during the winter, the City will only grade areas where problematic rutting has occurred.
Snow Routes are priority roadways for snow grading because they ease the flow of traffic throughout our city. The City will only declare a Snow Route Parking Ban if snowfall is extreme. If this occurs, vehicles must be removed from priority roadways to help us grade snow more effectively.
There are two routes, the Green Circle Snow Route and the Blue Square Snow Route. The routes are marked with permanent No Parking Snow Route signs, with a metal plate indicating if it is a green or blue route. See map for snow routes.
The Green Circle Snow Route Parking Ban will always be declared first. Snow Route declarations can only be announced at either 7:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. You will have a minimum of 8 hours notice to move your vehicle before the parking ban takes effect.
Avoid getting towed and a $100 ticket by removing your vehicle in time and keeping it off the declared snow route until the parking ban has expired.
Sign up for notifynow – Receive direct communication from the City when a Snow Route Parking Ban is declared by signing up to the City’s emergency mass alert system, notifynow.
To help improve public safety and mobility, the Sidewalk Clearing Bylaw requires residential sidewalks to be clear of snow and ice within 48 hours after a snowfall, and sidewalks in certain commercial and suburban areas to be cleared within 24 hours after a snowfall. It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure sidewalks are clear and the snow is placed on private property, not onto the street.
A cleared sidewalk is one where there is visible evidence that effort has been taken to clear the sidewalk and has a cleared path width of at least 1.2 metres. A packed surface no thicker than 3 centimetres is acceptible. View the Sidewalk Snow Clearing Guidelines.
When the City receives a report of an uncleared sidewalk, the Bylaw Inspector will investigate, and if necessary, a Bylaw Notice will be issued requiring you to clear it within 48 hours. If your sidewalk is not cleared, and the City has to clear the sidewalk, the cost will be charged to your property tax notice.
To report an uncleared sidewalk, please contact Public Works Customer Service at 306-975-2476.
Residents who are not able to clear their own sidewalks of snow could consider asking younger family members or neighbours for help, or perhaps the person who cuts their grass. Snow clearing services are also available online, in the phonebook, or in the newspaper.
Be a Snow Angel - If your neighbour is elderly, has health concerns or mobility restrictions, lend a hand by clearing their sidewalk.
If you receive help from a neighbour/relative – nominate them as a Snow Angel online or by mailing in their name and phone number to Public Works, City of Saskatoon, 222 – 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon SK S7K 0J5. Tell us how your Snow Angel has brightened your day. Once nominated, we’ll send you’re Snow Angel a thank you and enter them in a prize draw!
When clearing sidewalks, please exercise caution and care, especially during extremely cold weather.
School & Business
Graded snow piles, known as windrows, can present hazards for drop-off and pick-up times and if a student attempts to climb on them. During these times this area can become congested and visibility is reduced with exhaust during cold weather. This winter, windrows will be removed more frequently from school zones and removal areas have been expanded. Windrows removal will be performed outside of school hours, typically at night.
Once priority roads are graded following a snow event, snow removal will occur on the remaining Business Improvement District streets.
Snow Storage Sites
The following City snow storage sites will be available for public and private use this season. See map for exact locations. Please obey signage.
1. Northeast - Central Avenue (3.8 km north of Attridge Drive) - Currently closed due to wet conditions
2. Northwest - Wanuskewin Road (1.4 km south of Highway 11) - Currently closed due to wet conditions
3. Southeast - 8th Street (east of Boychuck Drive) – Currently closed due to wet conditions
4. Southwest - Valley Road (west of the Saskatoon Landfill access) - Currently closed due to wet conditions
*In order to reduce the noise impact to adjacent residents, a new tailgate slamming policy will be monitored and enforced at the temporary Valley Road and 8th Street East snow storage sites; and the 8th Street East site is restricted to daily operation from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. only.
For timely updates about the snow storage sites, Subscribe for e-mail updates (link). For more information on Snow Storage user fees click here.
If you have any questions about the snow storage program, please call Public Works customer service at 306-975-2476.