COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — Colorado Springs just recently saw its first measurable snow for the season, and several inches are forecast for the coming days.
With snow on the way, the City of Colorado Springs has released a detailed fact sheet outlining its 2022-2023 Snow and Ice Control Plan.
According to the city, the Department of Public Works Operations and Maintenance is responsible for more than 6,200 miles of pavement and is preparing for snow events from September through May.
Colorado Springs’ snow control fleet consists of 50 plows, four motor graders and six loaders. The staff needed for a snow shift consists of 55 people in 12-hour shifts or 110 people in a 24-hour shift, according to the city.
A “full use” means that between 40 and 50 plows are in use.
The city’s response to snow and ice is as follows:
When snow is forecast
• Antifreeze, liquid magnesium chloride, is applied to main roads before it snows
permit weather conditions. This prevents snow from sticking to the road.
When the snow starts
• De-icing material is placed on major roads to prevent snow from accumulating and turning to ice.
• Main roads are plowed by heavy ploughs. When 6 inches of snow or more accumulates, the main roads
are cleared and the snow has stopped, then residential streets are treated as
• Depending on the location, either Ice Slicer – a dry material that looks like sand but is a naturally mined mixture of sodium chloride and potassium chloride – or liquid magnesium chloride can be used
When it’s a big snow event
• A major snow event is defined as 12 inches or more of snow accompanied by prolonged freezing
• Anti-ice and de-icing material is only applied on main roads to prevent snow accumulation
and turn to ice, and can be used to improve traction and reduce ice on road surfaces.
• The first priority is to plow major thoroughfares and roads connecting neighborhoods to them
arteries. This helps ensure that the streets with the most regular and emergency traffic are as safe as possible
possible. Weather conditions determine the number of plows and the type of materials used in each
• When the primary and secondary routes are clear and safe to navigate, the division begins plowing
and installing non-slip material in residential areas where the snowfall amount has exceeded 6
Customs service. This happens after the storm has passed and the snowfall has stopped.
Visit ColoradoSprings.Gov/Snow for more information on plow routes and snow operations