Normal Snow Conditions
County snow removal equipment includes trucks, plows, sanders, graders and loaders. This equipment is continually maintained
for efficient and effective service to County residents. During the snow season, weather forecasts are monitored for impending
storms. During normal operations, Ice Slicer® is spread on paved roads to assist with ice melting. Plowing operations are
implemented when conditions warrant. State environmental guidelines now restrict the amount of sand/salt that can be applied
per lane mile by approximately 20% the application rate used in 1989.
Rural roads are usually plowed by graders, and since most rural roads are not paved, sand/salt is not applied to these roads.
When high winds or deep snow accumulations create drifting conditions in rural areas, plowing may be delayed until the storm
passes. Snow removal operations are scheduled round-the-clock for urban areas. Removal in rural areas is scheduled for daylight
hours only. However, crews will work extended hours until roads are open in rural areas.