Queen City Braces for Lake Effect Snow

December 8, 2011 Updated Dec 8, 2011 at 8:32 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

December 8, 2011 Updated Dec 8, 2011 at 8:32 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)- Not a flake has fallen yet in the Queen City, but Buffalo plows are already hitting the streets. Crews have been mapping out their routes, and spent much of Thursday undergoing practice runs. The entire Buffalo Snow Fleet, which consists of 69 pieces of snow fighting equipment, are now all equipped with state-of-the-art GPS tracking systems. Each GPS provides instant updates on where plows have been and where they still need to go. It also monitors how much salt crews are spreading on the roads.

"This information is instant you don't have to wait for a foreman to come in and find out what's been done. This is instant," said City of Buffalo Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak.

The trucks are all tracked by managers at the Broadway Barns. The city has also invested $800,000 to update and upgrade its equipment. The city has purchased 2 new wing plows and renovated 5 existing snow trucks. Crews are asking residents and drivers to pay close attention to parking signs and obey all parking regulations.