Latest Update:  February 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm

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Current Operations Status:

Snow – Saturday and Sunday

Afternoon forecast showing Columbia and mid-Missouri could see between 3-5 inches of wet snow, starting between 5 and 7 pm on Saturday and ending early Sunday evening.

Air and pavement temperatures will support accumulation, but will also support some melting on the pavement.

So, as it stands now, we plan to bring a crew in at 3:00 pm on Saturday ready to react to the snow when it begins to fall.

Some possible actions associated with this event –

Treating and plowing priority streets
Activation of “No Parking” on priority streets
Potential to plow and treat in residential areas

We’ll update again Saturday morning to account for any forecast changes which would change our planning.

Monitor the forecast and travel conditions this weekend before heading out.

Progress Maps of Residential Areas: Inactive

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 updated only when we are plowing and treating in residential areas.

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 Prohibited

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 clear priority roads for improved public safety responses and move into residential areas when conditions warrant. Please help us clear roads quicker 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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