Latest Update: January 30, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.
Current Operations Status
There is a chance of accumulating snow late Saturday and early Sunday. Currently accumulations are forecast in the 1-3 inch range from Saturday night through Sunday evening. Rain is forecast to proceed the snow so pre-treatment of roads would be ineffective and wasteful of resources. We will refine our plan as the forecast is refined over the next 24 hours.
We are monitoring the potential storm and will provide updates here and on our social media sites.
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.
Sign up for automatic notification 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. Make sure you subscribe to “Columbia – Public Works” and set SMS message to “Alerts, Advisories, Community”.