Snow Plowing Updates

by Charlie Romines, Streets Superintendent
posted January 17, 2020 11:56 AM

Another winter storm is due to hit our area this weekend - and the Streets Division is at the ready. This will be a long duration event, lasting until perhaps noon tomorrow, and it has the potential to produce freezing rain.

When the storm begins later this afternoon, the Streets Division will deploy trucks to plow and salt the major thoroughfares that comprise the salt route network of streets. Thirty-two plows will be circling through these routes as the snow is falling. Two additional trucks will be applying sand to hills, curves, intersections, and other residential areas to assist with traction. All 34 trucks will be working for the duration of the storm.

Roadway users tonight must make good choices. The evening commute may be snowy and slippery. Be slow. Be patient. Be alert. Keep in mind, too, that the plow trucks will be on the roads when it is actively snowing, putting them in the same evening rush hour traffic as everyone else, so please be sure to give them the space they need to do their work safely.

Forecasts are suggesting this storm may produce freezing rain during the overnight hours. Due to this forecast, two additional sanding trucks will be brought on at midnight, bringing the total deployment during the overnight hours to 36 trucks.

Whether you are on the roads tonight, or Saturday morning, you should still expect to encounter slippery roads. Freezing rain will make for icy conditions. Plus, the snow storm is due to linger until the late morning or afternoon.

As a reminder, the Streets Division does not plow all streets in Madison until the storm is at or near its end, and there is three or more inches of snow accumulated on the roads.

Looking ahead, the bitter cold temperatures that are predicted to follow this snowstorm may make the snowy roads linger, including on the salt routes. When temperatures dip below 20 degrees, salt becomes less effective at the rate which it is applied by the Streets Division.

Streets Division staff will continue monitoring the roads and the weather. Future updates will be provided as conditions change.

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