Snow and Ice

Cars driving on snowy residential street

What You Can Expect from Us...

When Snow is Predicted

An anti-icing agent consisting of salt, whey and molasses is applied to designated locations, including hills and bridges, to keep snow and ice from accumulating or bonding to the pavement. View our Anti-Icing Routes...

When Snow Begins to Fall

All crew members report to work and prepare equipment for plowing operations. If heavy snow is predicted, crews switch to 24-hour operations.

When Snow Begins to Accumulate

Plows and/or sand trucks are deployed and work the plow routes based on level of priority. See our Plow Routes Map below for details.

When we are actively treating roads, the Live Plow Map at the bottom of the page will display each plow's current location and areas treated over the last hour.

After the Snow is Gone

Street Sweepers are sent out to collect sand from streets. They first focus on main arterials and continue to sweep streets until all sand has been cleared.

Map Legend. Lifelineline Roads indicated in red. Secondary roads indicated in purple. Neighborhood roads indicated in blue.

Plow Routes Map

Our first priority is to keep lifeline (red) roads open. These are the main routes that fire, police and transit need to use. Primary (purple) and secondary (blue) roads will only receive treatment once all higher priority roads are cleared. If snow begins to re-accumulate at any time, plows will return to lifeline roads.

Live Plow Map Legend

Live Plow Map

When snow plows are deployed, their icons will appear on this map. As they travel, the roads that have been treated in the last hour will be tracked in green. Treatments may include sanding, salting, or plowing.

The hills we monitor during a snow/ice event are shown on the map in green. When we close a hill, the icons will turn red.

To refresh the data, zoom in/out or pan the map.

Questions?

Contact Public Works Dispatch at 360.753.8333, Option 0, or publicworks@ci.olympia.wa.us