An overnight operation is responsible for the removal of snow downtown.
City crews sweep in under the cover of dark beginning at 12 a.m. to clear the snow downtown and in the surrounding area.
The snow is first pushed into rows by front loaders. Then a special machine — much like a household snowblower on a massive scale — moves through shooting the snow into dump trucks, said The City's General Foreman of Streets Kenneth Calder. Depending on the magnitude of the storm, an additional machine may be brought in to clear the snow.
The snow is then taken back to a snow dump at the Department of Public Works facility.