01/14/2012 01:30 EST | Updated 03/15/2012 05:12 EDT

Cleanup underway after Montreal snowfall

More than 3,000 city workers and contract employees were out in force Saturday, cleaning up after two days of snow across the island.

About 25 centimetres of snow fell in Montreal between Thursday and Saturday. It is the first big snowfall of the year.

The city put about 2,200 snow-clearing vehicles into action with the goal of having all main roads clear before Monday morning's rush hour.

The city is asking people to use public transit to get around this weekend while the cleanup continues.

Drivers are asked to be extra cautious and watch for snow-clearing signs and parking bans.

The city is also reminding drivers not to park on an angle on city streets, as it makes it difficult for snow-clearing vehicles to get through.

A total of about 60 cm of snow has fallen in Montreal so far this winter, about 30 cm below normal snowfall levels for this time of year.