Snow Removal

A loader removing snow from a road
Snow-covered road

Give the Plows a Break!

Driving a snowplow is one of the toughest jobs around! Operators must maneuver a 27' truck with a 10' plow while dealing with foggy windows, swirling snow, slippery roads, icy intersections and everyday traffic. So please, "give ‘em a brake."

  • During snow storm conditions, snow plows are considered and should be treated as an emergency vehicle.
  • Keep a safe distance when following snow plows. This is critical because snowplows create a swirl of snow that can blind the driver of a car following too closely or cars approaching from the opposite direction.
  • Snow trucks may also be spreading material as they plow snow to melt snow and ice to provide traction for driving safety.
  • Don't stop too closely behind a stopped snowplow. The operator may be preparing to back up and may not see you.
  • Don't pass a snowplow unless your visibility is perfectly clear and it is completely safe for you, the snowplow driver, and other vehicles.
  • Patience is very necessary during snow season. The snowplow operator is working to provide safe road conditions for you and your family.

Chapter 30 - Snow and Ice Removal and Maintenance of Secondary Roads

Story County Snow Ordinance (PDF)

Snow Routes - Map (PDF)