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La Plata shares snow removal plan ahead of potential storm

LA PLATA, Md. - When it snows, Town and contracted crews concentrate on keeping primary Town roads and major residential neighborhood streets passable. These roads are cleared down to pavement as soon as possible after a storm is over.

Plowing generally begins when snow becomes 2 - 3 inches deep and the temperature indicates there will be no melting. Even after plowing, snow that has been hard packed by traffic often remains on the street, and the plows are unable to remove it completely. In this type of situation, a mixture of sand and salt is spread to provide adequate traction.

- It takes a minimum of 12 hours following the end of a 3" to 4" snowfall to plow and/or treat every primary Town road once.
- After a 5" to 7" snowfall, you can expect primary and major residential Town roads to be plowed within 18 to 24 hours.
- After an 8" to 10" snowfall, you can expect primary and major residential Town roads to be plowed within 24 to 36 hours.
- 15" of snowfall will require about 36 to 48 hours, and 24" of snowfall will require 48 to 60 hours
- Please note, the type of snow (wet or powder) the temperatures and wind conditions following a storm can alter this schedule.
- In some cases, where snow is drifting and blowing, snow plows will concentrate on snow emergency routes and primary roads. This may decrease response time to residential or neighborhood roads.
- Please be patient, streets are plowed per their priority.

For more information please visit the snow policy page.

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