Plowing of the city's residential streets is scheduled to start Sunday night with the aim that each will get scraped to the pavement.
Jim Berezowsky, manager of street maintenance, said Friday vehicle owners who park on streets should move their vehicles or risk a tow and a fine of up to $150. The schedule for the lettered zones around the city is posted on knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca. Residential plowing should be completed by Wednesday at 7 a.m.
Berezowsky said the residential clearing operations were delayed to deal with Friday's forecast snowfall of 10 to 12 centimetres.
"It was a grave concern to us to go out and spend about $2 million on a plowing operation and possibly go right back out on a plowing operation the next day," he said. "That was all based on the weather forecast. It is not as much a cost-saving thing as it's an operational consideration for the services that we deliver.
"Business-wise, we're looking at the best interests of the citizens of this city."
Transcona Coun. Russ Wyatt, chairman of the civic finance committee, said earlier this week he had first asked city officials to begin plowing last Saturday to stop ice ruts from building up.
The snow-removal operation will cost the city $3.5 million to $4 million and involve up to 350 trucks, graders and front-end loaders.