Streets Division crews will be working through the night to keep the roads safe. Once the snow begins to accumulate on the roads this afternoon, 32 trucks will be deployed to plow and salt the salt routes. Salt routes make up nearly half of the traffic lanes of Madison. They are the major thoroughfares, Madison Metro bus routes, and the roads around schools and hospitals. Additional trucks will be out applying sand to certain residential hills and curves that need material but do not qualify for salt. Trucks will continue looping through these routes for the duration of the storm.
Roadway users should anticipate a slow and slippery evening commute. Slick conditions will likely continue through the overnight hours as well as the storm wears on. While salt route crews will be out once the snows begin, during active snowfalls their work will become covered again and the salt route will remain snow covered until the plow truck can make another loop through their route. And, with the active snowfall and increasing winds through the night, visibility and drifting issues may occur in outlying areas.
All roadway users are encouraged to make good choices. Be slow, patient, and alert on the roads. Remember to allow for extra stopping distance. And be sure to allow for extra travel times and anticipate encountering snowy roads, especially on untreated residential areas.
As a reminder, the Streets Division does not plow all of the city roads until there are three or more inches of snow on the roads and the storm is at or near its end. Streets Division staff will be monitoring the roads and the weather throughout the night. If a citywide plowing or snow emergency declaration becomes necessary, another update will be provided.