Emergency Snow Routes
Generally, the City will call a snow alert first which informs citizens to prepare for an impending storm by moving their vehicles off city streets, especially those designated as emergency snow routes.
If the storm actually necessitates the plowing of streets, a snow emergency will be declared. A snow emergency dictates that all vehicles must be moved off of the streets designed as emergency snow routes. If a vehicle remains on a snow route after a snow emergency has been declared, it will be ticketed. If the vehicle is still not moved after being ticketed, it will be towed. The fine for being ticketed is $35. When a vehicle is towed, the owner is charged towing and storage costs.
Declarations for snow alerts and snow emergencies will be made through the City’s Police 911 center. All news media will be advised of the declaration of or canceling of snow alerts and snow emergencies through the 911 center. The 911 center will also use its code red system to notify, by telephone, all citizens that have signed up for the system that a snow alert or snow emergency has been declared.
If you have additional questions about the emergency snow routes, please call the Public Service Department at 308-535-6700.