The city is sending graders into side streets in the Montgomery and Willowgrove neighbourhoods on Monday as part of its first wave of snow clearing.

The big machines will roll into Silverwood Heights and Wildwood on Tuesday; Arbor Creek and Hampton Village on Wednesday; Fairhaven and Sutherland on Thursday; and then Lawson Heights and Silverspring on Friday.

"The current snowpack across the city is approximately 4-5 inches, which means that ruts can and are developing at that depth," public works director Pat Hyde said.

"To prevent this from happening now or in the spring after more snow has fallen, we are being proactive and clearing the streets as close to the pavement as we can."

The city is targeting streets that are not already designated a priority for clearing.

The city will be posting "no parking" signs ahead of the clearing so that drivers can move their vehicles to make room for the graders and the snow they move.

For more information, check out the city's website.