Calgary

Snow plows at the ready as Calgary's warm November comes to an end

Calgarians have enjoyed an unseasonably warm start to November but there are sub-zero temperatures in the forecast now, prompting the city to prepare its snow-clearing fleet.

City plans to roll out two new types of snow-clearing equipment to better clean roads this winter

It won't be long before winter driving conditions like these return to Calgary and the city's roads maintenance manager says new devices will be used this season to better clear the streets of snow. (CBC)

Calgarians have enjoyed an unseasonably warm start to November but there are sub-zero temperatures in the forecast now, prompting the city to prepare its snow-clearing fleet.

Bill Biensch, the city's roads maintenance manager, said the city will experiment with new devices this year aimed at clearing roads more thoroughly and reducing the amount of sand and salt that has to be put down.

"We want to try a rubber-edged blade for underbody plows, to clean the road a little better," he said. "We also have a front-mount broom we're going to try if we have drier snow."

The city's fleet includes 26 graders, 78 tandem trucks with underbody and/or front plows, nine snow blowers, along with other smaller vehicles like skid steers and tractors.

City council set aside a $37-million budget for snow and ice control from January to December 2016.

Biensch said sparse amounts of snow in the spring and in the fall, so far, means there should be enough of that money left to last until the end of the year.

Environment Canada is forecasting periods of snow Wednesday evening, with about two centimetres expected to fall as temperatures fall to a low of -4 C.

A chance of flurries is also in the forecast for Thursday and Saturday.