Latest Update (Monday, February 8 at 9:30 a.m.): Scattered snow showers are expected to continue this morning and slowly decrease this afternoon and into Tuesday morning. Breaks in the snow showers are expected and some areas will see little if any accumulation, but narrow pockets of moderate snow may hit some of our area with accumulations up to one inch. Our crews will continue to monitor conditions today and monitor for refreeze this evening. Crews are focused on pre-treating priority routes and trouble areas as needed. 

Current Operations Status:

8-person crew reported at 5:00 a.m. this morning to pre-treat priority routes and trouble areas as needed. 

Progress Maps of Residential Areas: Not Active

Track plow crews progress with these maps provided by our GIS Department with data supplied from our plow crews, inspectors, and supervisors. This section will be active only when we are plowing and treating in residential areas outside of normal business hours.  The map will update every hour at the top of the hour.

Snow and Ice Management – Policy on Passable Roads

For snow events with less than 4 inches of snow:

  • City crews will plow and treat first and second priority streets to a passable condition, utilizing overtime if necessary.
  • Crews will plow and treat residential streets to a passable condition during regular working hours only (M-F 8-5)

For snow events with more than 4 inches of snow:

  • City crews will plow and treat first and second priority streets to a passable condition, utilizing overtime if necessary, and then;
  • Crews will plow and treat residential streets to a passable condition utilizing overtime if necessary.

The City of Columbia defines streets as passable, that although the road may still be snow packed, at least one travel lane is accessible for a front wheel drive vehicle at speeds and driving conditions below the normal posted speed limits. Your vehicles condition and your driving skills also determine your ability to navigate roads defined as passable.

Priority Snow Routes – Parking ProhibitedSnow Route No Parking Sign

For snow events with 2 inches or more of snow:

Whenever snow accumulates more than 2 inches on the roadway, any vehicle parked on a designated snow route must be moved off of the roadway immediately per city ordinance 14-304. By removing vehicles from priority snow routes, our plows are able to quickly and efficiently make priority roads passable for improved public safety responses and move into residential areas sooner. Please help us plow and treat roads faster by moving your vehicle during snowfalls greater than 2 inches. The fine for failure to move a vehicle from a priority snow route is $100 plus towing and storage charges.

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Sign up for free automatic notifications when snow accumulations are forecast or do reach 2 inches or greater so you know when to move your vehicle off off priority snow routes. Click here to sign up.  Or, simply text “COLUMBIAPW” to 888777.