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Update on plowing operations Feb. 3-7

Updated: 02/06/2019

This past week has been smorgasbord of winter weather with some unique conditions that have had our Public Works crews working overtime.

Snowplow in city hall parking lotWhile we all enjoyed this weekend’s warm weather, the subsequent dropping temperatures and freezing rain led to ice conditions we have not seen in years. We sent out crews to salt city streets beginning at 11 p.m. Sunday. They worked in staggered shifts through Monday afternoon and returned again early Tuesday morning.

The freezing rain overnight Sunday and cold temperatures coated the whole metro area in a thick coat of ice. Our plow drivers were sliding along with everyone else as they attempted to treat our most dangerous areas. Unlike some agencies, the city does not have a bare pavement policy. This means we do not salt every street or the length of all streets. We concentrate on main roads, intersections, hills, curves and other dangerous areas. We do not have the resources for a full city salting operation. Of course, this means many neighborhood streets and alleys are left untreated. Tuesday’s snowfall compounded the fact, since our trucks had to transition from solely ice control to plowing around noon Tuesday.

Our plows were back out at 2 a.m. Wednesday, giving the city a full plow. After wrapping up mid-day, our crews headed home to rest. With snow in the forecast again for an extended period from later today (Wednesday) through Thursday, we anticipate another early-morning plow tomorrow morning, followed by continued plowing throughout the day Thursday. Once the snow wraps up, we’ll have plenty of clean-up work downtown, in alleys, along sidewalks and more.

We appreciate everyone’s patience during these ice and snow events. Our No. 1 goal is public safety, and we are committed to proactively communicating our ice control and snow removal plans. Be sure to follow us on Twitter at for the latest.