As long as Grande Prairie doesn’t get another big dump of snow, the city is wrapping up its snow removal operations for the season. Transportation manager Robert Carroll says all of the main roads have been cleared, and crews are finishing up what’s left of residential areas.
Since the start of October, 120 centimetres of snow have fallen in the Swan City, and 11,500 loads of snow have been hauled away. Carroll says we normally see around 190 centimetres and 40,000 loads, and there have been years when we’ve seen more than 300 centimetres and 70,000 loads.
Grande Prairie saw almost exactly the same amount of snow from October 2015 to March 2016, but the winter before that stretch saw 191 centimetres, and from 2013 to 2014 250 centimetres fell. Parking bans on permanent snow routes have been lifted, and it’s hoped street sweeping will start next week.