Snow Alert and Removal Information
Frequently Asked Questions
- Snow gates are used citywide during snow alerts, with the exception of emergency snow routes that are three lanes or wider.
- Snow gates should reduce the amount of snow deposited in driveways, but do not eliminate the potential for snow in driveways.
- Snow gates are NOT used to reduce snow near mailboxes, fire hydrants, or corners.
- Motorgraders work in pairs. Only the second motorgrader that passes your driveway, or the one closest to the curb, will use the snow gate.
- The use of snow gates may narrow roadways, especially as the winter continues, since the plows can no longer reach all the way to the curb.
- The use of snow gates may be suspended during snow events in which the snow is greater or wetter than their use would be effective.
It is the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure mailboxes are accessible to mail carriers and to keep fire hydrants clear of snow and other obstructions for 3 feet in all directions.
Sidewalks must be cleared of ice and snow within 48 hours after it snows. Don’t forget about sidewalk curb ramps on corner lots and other curb cutouts. Residents are responsible for providing access from the street onto the sidewalk.
For the latest in local winter weather information:
- Dial 511 for weather and road conditions on all South Dakota, United States, and interstate highways. Calls are toll-free. Cellular access charges depend on cellular provider.
- Call 330-4444 for the National Weather Service forecast.
- Go to www.safetravelusa.com for road conditions.
- A winter storm watch indicates that severe winter weather may affect your area. A winter storm warning indicates that severe winter weather conditions are occurring or imminent.
- A blizzard warning means that large amounts of falling or blowing snow and sustained winds of at least 35 miles per hour are expected for several hours.
- Wind chill is a calculation of how cold it feels outside when the effects of temperature and wind speed are combined. A strong wind combined with a temperature of just below freezing can have the same effect as a still air temperature about 35 degrees colder.