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2020/2021 Snow and Ice Event Response

2020/2021 Snow and Ice Event Response
Posted on 01/25/2021
2020/2021 Snow and Ice Event Response

01/25/21 | 5:00 p.m.
Here’s what you need to know as we head into the evening.  Expected snow has arrived later than anticipated. The possibility for seven inches remains in the forecast.

  • Expect poor travel conditions, especially on residential roads. Plan ahead, take your time, and increase your following distance. Stay home if you don’t have to go out.
  • Snow has to go somewhere. With high volumes of plowed snow being pushed to the curb, we will likely see some level of windrow back onto sidewalks and driveway approaches.  Crews have been reminded to keep speeds low to reduce the amount thrown.
  • It is a matter of personal choice. It is often easier to keep up with the snow, shoveling periodically as it comes, but do expect you may have to re-clear portions of sidewalks and driveway approaches.  Don’t want to clear these areas again, wait until plows have cleared the street.
  • Know that crews will continuously plow Posted Snow Routes until the snow ends and Posted Snow Routes are clear before entering residential roads. Keep cars off of Posted Snow Routes to help snow teams clear roads safely and efficiently.
  • Residents and visitors to the Downtown can park for free in any of the city’s three parking ramps through 8 a.m., Wednesday, January 27.

01/25/21 | 6:00 a.m.
A Snow Emergency is in effect 8 a.m., Monday, January 25 through 8 a.m., Wednesday, January 27.  Snow is forecast to arrive around lunch. Snowfall rates of one-half inch to one inch per hour are possible. Travel conditions during the storm could be difficult to impassable at times due to snowfall rates.  The current National Weather Service forecast indicates #Davenport could receive around six inches of snow between Noon today and Noon, Tuesday, January 26.

Do not wait to move your vehicle off of Posted Snow Routes until the snow starts to fly. Staff will be out enforcing the ordinance later this morning. Keeping vehicles off of Posted Snow Routes helps crews clear roads efficiently and safely. Keeping your vehicle off-street means you also avoid a ticket and tow. Residents and visitors to the Downtown may park for free in any of the City’s three parking ramps during the Snow Emergency.

Snow teams will not clear residential roads until the event ends, and Posted Snow Routes are clear to the curb to ensure high volume roads can support travel across the City. 

Take it slow when there is ice and snow.

01/24/21 | 3:30 p.m.
Based on the current National Weather Service forecast, a Snow Emergency has been declared effective 8 a.m., Monday, January 25 through 8 a.m., Wednesday, January 27. Predictions are that #Davenport could receive six to 10 inches of snow beginning late Monday morning and last through Tuesday. Travel conditions during the storm could be difficult to impassable at times due to snowfall rates.  Vehicles parked on Posted Snow Routes during the snow emergency will be ticketed and may be towed.  Stay tuned as this storm draws closer.

Residents and visitors to the Downtown may park for free in any of the City’s three parking ramps during the Snow Emergency.

This is not expected to be a wet, heavy snow.  High winds are expected to accompany this storm. The heaviest snow is currently predicted to arrive after the lunch hour.

01/23/21 | 2:30 p.m.
According to our partners at the National Weather Service, #Davenport is expected to see around a half-inch of snow overnight Saturday, January 23, with some ice possible.

Due to the absence of rain with this event, crews pre-treated Posted Snow Routes and are prepared to respond as needed overnight.

If you are out and about overnight, take it slow if there is snow.
 

More to come Sunday as we draw closer to the possibility of a more significant event on Monday, January 25.

01/17/21 | 2:00 p.m.
Crews concluded response and will continue to monitor conditions through the weekend, as chances for snow continue through Tuesday, January 19. 

01/17/21 | 6:30 a.m.
Crews were called in overnight Sunday, January 17, to clear arriving ice and snow.  Chances for light snow remain in the forecast through late morning. The snow team will plow and salt Posted Snow Routes as needed until the snow ends. Slicks spots are likely on less-traveled roads, sidewalks, and parking lots.

01/15/21 | 6:30 a.m.
Crews were out until about 7:00 p.m. monitoring conditions last night, Thursday, January 14. The chance for pockets of light snow continues through today, Friday, January 15, according to our partners at the National Weather Service. Hit or miss short-lived snow showers could drop a quick half an inch of snow.  Crews are prepared to respond as needed.  Please drive according to conditions should snow arrive.

01/14/21 | 5:00 p.m.
Public Works crews are monitoring will respond as needed to the arriving light sleet, snow, rain mix.

01/14/21 | 8:00 a.m.
According to our friends at the National Weather Service, Davenport could see rain today, Thursday, January 14, followed by light snow late afternoon through Friday. Accumulations greater than one inch are not predicted at this time. Crews will clear Posted Snow Routes when the snow starts to fly.

01/11/21 | 8:00 a.m.

Davenport Public Works has issued a media release regarding the City's Snow & Ice Control Plan. Find helpful information on when to expect response in your neighborhood in the release and at www.davenportiowa.com/winter

01/05/21 | 8:30 a.m.

Snow removal in the Downtown and Hilltop Campus areas was completed early this morning, Tuesday, January 5. Crews are spot checking and clearing all roads and will close response to this event out at the end of the day, today. 

01/04/21 | 9:00 a.m.
Higher temperatures with peeks of sunshine will help us melt out of our icy shell this week. Crews will be running through Posted Snow Routes and residential areas, addressing issues and spot clearing and treating roads today. 

Due to the volume of ice covered snow, snow teams were not able to fully clear the parking lanes in the Downtown and Hilltop areas last night. A snow emergency specific to these areas, excluding 3rd and 4th St, will go into effect tonight, Monday, January 4th and 9 PM, and last through 6 AM, Tuesday, January 5th. Parking on Posted Snow Routes in these areas is prohibited during the emergency.  To assist with off-street parking, free parking in the city’s three ramps will remain free through 5 PM, Tuesday, January 5th.  Please park in the ramps to avoid a ticket and tow.

Knock on wood, no snow in the forecast, and high temperatures around 30 this week.

01/03/21 | 9:00 a.m.

Public Works is winding down the response to Davenport's recent snow/ice/sleet events. Crews have made a pass on all residential roads.  Look for melting next week as temperatures rise and the sun comes out. 

Snow teams will be picking up and hauling away snow from parking lanes in the Downtown and Hilltop areas tonight.  Parking is prohibited on Posted Snow Routes in these areas between 9 p.m., Sunday, January 3 through 6 a.m., Monday, January 4.

Significant windrowing occurred due to the volume of snow, combined with conditions such as sleet and rain.  The City will only enforce sidewalk snow removal where it is apparent plows did not cover sidewalks or where it is evident property owners did not attempt to clear sidewalks.

The City asks only that you do what you can to help pedestrian travel, especially with school returning in person on Monday, January 4.  Consider helping a neighbor in need if you are able.

01/02/21 | 10:00 a.m.

Three things to know as we finish up this week of active weather.  

  1. Public Works crews will be working on residential roads through this evening, Saturday, January 2.Be aware bare pavement may not be achieved. Rising temperatures and sun in the coming days will help with melting as we head into next week. Keep your vehicle off of the street to avoid being plowed in.
  2. A Second Snow Emergency specific to the Downtown and Hilltop Campus areas will go into effect at 9 p.m., Sunday, January 3 through 6 a.m., Monday, January 4. Vehicles parked on Posted Snow Routes in these areas during the Snow Emergency will be ticketed and may be towed.
  3. A small crew will be clearing piles from the Downtown overnight Saturday night in preparation for clearing snow from the curbs in the Downton on Sunday night. Please be courteous and mindful of this work in the traveled right-of-way. Parking remains free in City’s three parking ramps through 5 p.m., Monday, January 4.

01/02/21 | 6:30 a.m.
Garbage, along with recycling for those scheduled for recycling collection, is being collected as scheduled. Public Works crews are working on both Posted Snow Routes and some residential roads. Teams will not fully transition to residential streets until mid-day when Posted Snow Routes are complete. Clearing will take time.  Be aware bare pavement may not be achieved. Temperatures will need to improve, and some sun in the coming days will help improve salt's effectiveness in melting. 

Avoid being plowed in. Keep vehicles off the road to help crews clear roads safely and efficiently.

Consider helping a neighbor in need with sidewalk and driveway clearing if you are able.

Yard wastes are not being collected today.  If you have yard wastes placed for collection today, Saturday, January 2, please call Public Works at 563.326.7923, and we will swing by to collect them next week.

01/01/21 | 5:00 p.m.
Expected snow will continue as sleet/freezing rain until temperatures drop. In whichever form it arrives, precipitation is forecast to continue through as late as 9 PM tonight, Fri, Jan 1. The volume of snow or sleet/freezing rain left to come? Anyone’s guess. Temperatures will have to drop before the snow arrives. And two to three inches is still possible, according to our partners at the National Weather Service. So, what does that mean to you?

Do not expect residential roads to be cleared from the current system before Sunday. Our response will be a mixed bag depending on conditions. We are currently tackling some residential conditions while maintaining Posted Snow Routes. When snow arrives, we will return attention to Posted Snow Routes.

Safest and best bet right now is to park off-street whether you are on a Posted Snow Route or residential road. Roads, sidewalks, parking lots, and bridge decks are slick. Stay home if you don’t have to go out. Roads are slick.

As we head into the evening, keep in mind our priority will be keeping main roads, critical hills, and access/support for emergency vehicles open. We understand it may be slick on your street. But there are only so many resources spread across 😲1,300 lanes miles of pavement, and precipitation is on-going.

01/01/21 | 8:00 a.m.
Three to five inches of snow is on its way.  A Snow Emergency is in effect starting at 10 AM today, Friday, January 1 through 10 AM, Saturday, January 2. Crews will focus snow removal to Posted Snow Routes once the snow starts to fly.  

Move vehicles off Posted Snow Routes to avoid a ticket, towing, and being plowed in. 

Please consider helping a neighbor in need of assistance with snow removal if you are able.

Take it slow when there is ice and snow.

12/31/20 | 4:30 p.m.
Crews have completed a pass on all residential roads with a plow and salt and are headed in for the night. Not for long, however.  The next snowstorm is expected to arrive around 9 AM, Friday, January 1, and last through the evening. It is bringing with it an additional one to three inches of snow.  The scheduled Snow Emergency will go into effect at 10 AM Friday, January 1 through Saturday, January 2.  Vehicles parked on Posted Snow Routes during the Snow Emergency will be ticketed and may be towed.  More to come tomorrow as this next system arrives. 

Stay safe Davenport on this New Year’s Eve and every day to come in 2021.

12/31/20 | 9:00 a.m.
Brace yourselves for more winter weather. Finishing up on round one and declaring a Snow Emergency for round two. Here's what you need to know as we head into the New Year.

  1.  Our friends at the National Weather Service have forecast one to three inches of snow, along with sleet, freezing rain, and rain on Friday, January 1. A Snow Emergency has been declared effective 10 a.m., Friday, January 1 through 10 a.m., Saturday, January 2, based on predicted conditions.
  2. Public Works crews should complete a pass with the plow and salt on all residential roads by late this evening, Thursday, December 31. Please be aware snowpack, ice, and temperatures make it impossible to clear to bare pavement in most cases. Please be patient as we continue to make our way through the City.
  3. Be aware this next system could contribute to downed power lines and trees. Report power outages to 888-427-5632. Report downed trees to Public Works by calling 563.326.7923.

Stay safe and remember to take it slow when there is ice and snow.

12/31/20 | 6:15 a.m.
Yard wastes will not be collected on Thursday, December 31, or Saturday, January 2, to allow Public Works to reallocate resources to snow removal. Please call public work at 563.326.7923 to let us know if you have yard waste or a live Christmas tree placed for collection. We will swing by next week to collect the material.

12/30/20 | 4:30 p.m.
Folks, we know it isn't easy to travel on residential roads right now. Please be patient. Every storm's initial focus is to clear Posted Snow Routes to promote travel, commerce, and emergency response across the City. Most residential roads are located within one to six blocks of a Posted Snow Route. Response is broken out this way because the City does not have the resources to clear all of Davenport’s nearly 1,300 lane miles of pavement simultaneously.

Mixed precipitation ended and left us with a sloppy mess just twelve hours ago. Our road use tax-funded CDL pool and equipment resources of around 40 per shift are working as quickly and safely as possible given the conditions.

We know it is frustrating but bear with us.  Excessive sleet and rain, combined with snow, has made for challenging conditions, including ice.  Slush is further complicating things. While often unavoidable, windrowing material back onto sidewalks with this material just can't be helped, and crews are doing the best they can to slow down and reduce the volume thrown. 

12/30/20 | 1:00 p.m.

Public Works crews are finishing up Posted Snow Routes and transitioning focus to clearing residential roads. Avoid being plowed in. Move your car off the street when possible. Our teams will be making one pass with the plow and salt on residential roads unless parked vehicles make it unsafe for the plow to get through. 

We anticipate one pass will be made on all residential roads by late New Year’s Eve, December 31. Just in time for the next round of mixed weather to arrive. Keep in mind additional passes may be needed, as the first pass may only remove the top layer of ice before the next system comes and crews return to clearing Posted Snow Routes.

Be sure to shovel sidewalks before our next batch of winter weather begins.  This round is expected to bring more snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain.  

12/30/20 | 8:00 a.m.
We have received many calls this morning inquiring about whether solid waste will be collected today or not. The answer is yes; we are collecting solid waste today. However, delays are possible. If today is your regular garbage day and we have not collected it by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, give us a call to report it at 563.326.7923.

12/30/20 | 6:00 a.m.

Roads are a bit slushy this morning. Crews expect to finish Posted Snow Routes by mid-day before clearing residential streets.  The possibility for some flash freezing to occur due to dropping temperatures could keep teams on Posted Snow Routes longer. 

Tips for this morning,

  •  Watch for slick spots on snow routes, bridge decks, sidewalks, and parking lots. Drive with caution if you are heading out.
  •  Keep vehicles off of Posted Snow Routes. Snow Emergency ends at 4 PM, Wednesday, December 30.
  • Avoid being plowed in. Move vehicles off of residential roads to help crews clear roads faster and more safely when they enter these zones.

12/29/20 | 8:00 a.m.
A Snow Emergency has been declared effective Noon, Tuesday, December 29 through 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 30, based on the Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service. Expect poor travel conditions.

Vehicles parked on Posted Snow Routes during a Snow Emergency will be ticketed and towed. Residents and visitors to Downtown Davenport are welcome to park for free in any of the City’s three parking ramps from Noon, Tuesday, December 29 through 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 30.

Stay home if you are able; drive with caution if you must go out.

Heavy snow is forecast to begin around the lunch hour and last through the evening commute and is expected to be followed by sleet and freezing rain early Wednesday. 

12/28/20 | 4:30 p.m.
Davenport Public Works has been monitoring reports from our partners at the National Weather Service today and preparing to respond to arriving winter weather on Tuesday, December 29. Be aware and prepared; the afternoon and early evening commute could be slow going due to predicted ice and snow.

12/27/20 | 6:00 p.m.
Public Works crews have been called in to make a pass on Posted Snow Routes. The team will spot plow and salt as needed.  It is possible for slick spots to develop overnight as temperatures drop, especially on less traveled roads and bridge decks.

12/12/20 | 12:30 p.m.
Public Works crews have finished plowing and salting Posted Snow Routes and salting residential hills. Additional clearing will not be done. Slick spots are possible overnight, especially on less-traveled roads and bridge decks, due to dipping temperatures. Take it slow. And, don’t forget to clear sidewalks; school returns in-person on Monday, December 14.

12/12/20 | 7:15 a.m.
Snow has arrived. Light snow is expected to fall through the afternoon Saturday, December 12. Crews have been dispatched to clear Posted Snow Routes. Remember to take it slow when there is ice and snow.

12/11/20
Our friends at the National Weather Service tell us Davenport could see up to one inch of snow beginning late Friday evening through the morning of Saturday, December 12.

The Public Works snow team has been placed on-call and is prepared to respond as needed. 

It is especially important to pay attention to road conditions; the weather could change at any time and cause slick spots to develop.

11/23/20
Our friends at the National Weather Service tell us there is a possibility #Davenport will receive snow early morning Tuesday, November 24.  Snow is expected to change to rain.  The early morning commute could be a bit slick and slushy. 

Crews are prepared to respond as needed.

Just remember to take it slow when there is ice and snow.

10/01/20

With winter weather just around the corner, the City of Davenport encourages all residents and visitors to be prepared by signing up for Davenport Snow Emergency alerts.

You can choose to receive alerts as a text, email or voice alert.

To subscribe, go to www.davenportiowa.com/davenportdirect, enter the phone number or e-mail address they want to receive information at, select Snow Emergency Declarations, and hit submit.

Snow emergency notifications are the most reliable way to know when a snow emergency has been declared in Davenport. Snow emergencies are declared when the area is expected to receive ice and significant hazard producing and travel slowing snow.

As part of winter preparation and to help our community prepare, the City will be conducting a test of the snow emergency alert notification system next week. Subscribers who do not receive notification will be advised to let us know so we can make sure our records and their submission are accurate.

Visitors and residents are reminded that parking is prohibited on Posted Snow Routes when a snow emergency is declared. This helps Public Work crews ensure the highest traffic volume roads and hills receive priority service to help everyone get around when the snow starts to fly.

For everything you need to know about snow, Posted Snow Routes, and links to the National Weather Service forecast, visit www.davenportiowa.com/winter.