01/07/2013 07:09 EST | Updated 03/09/2013 05:12 EST

Montreal says snow removal 98 per cent complete

Montreal's snow removal has been delayed by yet another snowfall, but the city's spokesperson says access to priority sites such as schools and hospitals have been cleared.

The city was hoping to finish cleaning up 45 centimetres of snow that fell on Dec. 27 by today, when most people will be returning to work after the holidays.

But after another 5 or 10 centimetres fell on Sunday, the city had to temporarily suspended snow clearing of some residential side streets in order to deal with the new snowfall.

Crews have cleared about 98 percent of city streets and Lavallée said roads should be in decent shape.

According to city spokesperson Jacques-Allain Lavallée, the remaining 2 per cent left to be cleared includes residential streets in LaSalle, Verdun and Ville Saint-Laurent.

City officials said they expected operations to be completed by tomorrow.

"We are very proud of our employees. We have worked hard. They weren't easy conditions to work under — 45 centimetres is truly an astronomical amount [of snow]." Lavallée said.

While Sunday's snowfall may have an impact on snow removal operations, Lavallée said that all main streets, metro entrances, bus stops, hospitals and schools are accessible to Montrealers today.

Residents of some boroughs in Montreal have voiced frustration over the slow-going cleanup process. Over the weekend, Lavallée addressed their concerns.

The city has been coordinating with individual boroughs to organize the cleanup operation, especially on main streets.

But Lavallée said that ultimately, it's up to each borough to manage its own side streets. He said that each borough faces different obstacles, and the snow removal process in each district can't be compared.