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.

In Olympia, Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) may obtain a permit to plow snow on neighborhood streets within the boundaries of their HOA. The policy agreement and permit must be approved before any snow removal occurs. Complete the application and required forms through the City’s online permit center.

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.


What You Can Do...

Leading up to the Event

Stock up on your essentials and have your shovel ready to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice. Also if you can, check in with neighbors or family that may need a helping hand.

If you have to get somewhere check the bus snow routes or ask your employer if there is an option to work from home.

During the Event

City crews are on 24-hour shifts plowing snow and ice. If you can, stay off the roads.

Please have patience regarding any berms caused by the plows as moving snow can be tricky. Our snow operation team does not have the capacity to clear all driveway entrances. When conditions are safe, berms created across driveways must be removed by residents/property owners.

Clear snow from sidewalks: clearing snow from sidewalks is the responsibility of the property owner. Please clear sidewalks as soon as you can safely do so.

Clear neighborhood storm drains. If it can be done safely, the public can help prevent localized flooding as the snow melts by clearing storm drains in their neighborhoods.

After the Event

As the winter weather clears and people begin to venture out, please be mindful of your surroundings. Motorists please watch out for pedestrians, and pedestrians please watch for motorists.

City Crews are working to remove sand and debris from streets. If you see a tree limb blocking the right of way, call Public Works Dispatch to report the location.



Contact Public Works Dispatch at 360.753.8333, Option 0, or