City Crews Prepare For Weekend Snow Scenarios

DES MOINES, IOWA – Friday, February 5, 2021  With multiple snow storms in the forecast over the weekend, Des Moines snow removal crews from across three City Departments are preparing to adapt their plans to quickly changing weather conditions.

"We see the potential for two to three inches of snow every day until Monday in separate storms," Des Moines Public Works Director Jonathan Gano said. "We expect to be constantly plowing snow from Saturday until about Tuesday to make sure our streets are clear for safe traveling."

The timing of the storms could provide challenges as well, as a complete snow removal operation for all 2,200 miles of City streets usually takes roughly 24 hours from the end of snowfall. 

"We will be working on the 750+ miles of our snow route system while snow is falling and do one complete pass once the snow stops," Gano said. "If we have time in between storms, we'll try and clear some of the areas we usually see problems in our residential areas, but we likely won't have time to do a complete pass of the residential streets before it starts snowing again. We're going to have to be flexible as weather conditions and forecasts change, but I'm confident in our team of 200+ employees from the Public Works and Parks and Recreation Departments and the WRA."

Des Moines residents can track plowing progress and stay prepared for winter weather all season long at or by following DSM Public Works on Twitter and Des Moines Public Works on Facebook. Residents may also opt in to receive text alerts by texting DMSNOW to 96000.


Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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