Ice & Snow Alerts
Jan. 15, 2021: A 24-person City of Columbia Public Works plow crew reported at 7 a.m., replacing the night shift, to continue responding to winter weather. Isolated snow showers are expected to continue throughout the day with wind gusts up to 40 mph causing low visibility. Crews will focus on first and second priority routes. Jan. 15, 2021
Jan. 14, 2021: A 10-person crew will report at 11 p.m. in anticipation of winter weather overnight from Thursday to Friday. Isolated snow showers are expected, slickness on roads may be expected.
Jan. 2, 2021: Plow crews responded at 7 a.m., replacing the night shift. Patchy freezing drizzle and light snow is forecast for this afternoon. While limited accumulation is forecast, slickness on roads may be expected. Crews continue to focus on first, second and third priority routes. A 22-person night crew reported at 7 p.m. to continue monitoring conditions.
Full press release: Jan. 2, 2020
Jan. 1, 2021: Plow crews responded at 7 a.m. to replace the overnight shift. Crews continue to focus on first, second and third priority routes as continued freezing rain, snow mix and rain is forecast to continue today. The night shift reported at 7 p.m. to continue winter weather operations.
Full press release: Jan. 1, 2020
Dec. 31, 2020: The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning with heavy mixed precipitation, including ice and snow, expected for mid-Missouri beginning tonight at midnight. City of Columbia Public Works plow crews will report at 11 p.m. tonight to pre-treat first, second and third priority routes ahead of the expected winter weather.
Full press release: Dec. 31, 2020
Oct. 5, 2020: The LeRoy Anderson Salt Dome Facility at 1101 Big Bear Blvd. is at full capacity of 5,000 tons.
Winter Weather Policies and Procedures
It is the City’s goal that all streets in Columbia be passable by a front-wheel drive vehicle as soon as possible when a winter weather event occurs. Approximately 520 lane miles of priority routes are plowed and treated 24 hours per day as needed during a winter weather event. Other streets are plowed and treated to a passable condition during business hours. When snow accumulates to 4 inches, though, all City streets are plowed and treated to a passable condition 24/7, once priority routes are near normal.
The City of Columbia has more than 1,350 lane miles of streets including 1,100 cul-de-sacs maintained by City of Columbia Public Works. The high number of cul-de-sacs and lane miles makes it necessary to prioritize roads during ice and snow events. Streets are prioritized by volume of traffic and to create a network of streets that connect neighborhoods to/from major roads, hospitals, schools, fire stations and commercial areas. These designated snow routes must be plowed/treated to a near normal condition. Winter weather events in Missouri can vary dramatically from one snow to the next, but generally speaking a typical response occurs in phases:
- Treat/Pretreat bridges, curves, hills and intersections on priority routes.
- Continuous operations on priority routes until near normal conditions are reached.
- Once priority routes are near normal, ensure all streets are passable by a front-wheel-drive vehicle to facilitate access to the priority routes. (When snow is less than 4 inches, this is done during business hours. When snow is more than 4 inches, this is done continuously in shifts.)
Whenever snow accumulates more than 2 inches, any vehicle parked on a designated snow route must be moved off of the roadway or risk a fine of $100 plus towing and storage charges. The purpose of this rule isn’t to collect fines, though. (We’d prefer not to tow a single vehicle.) This critical ordinance allows plow drivers the space needed to do their work more quickly, efficiently and safely for everyone. To be notified when it snows 2 inches or more, please sign up for alerts at Nixle.com or by texting COLUMBIAPW to 888-777.
- Winter Weather Hub – Quick links to the resources you need
- What is a passable road?
- What are Priority Routes?
- Council Snow Memoopens PDF file – Oct. 5, 2020
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