Don’t freak if you soon see a snow plow


Drivers in the Tacoma area could see snow plows operating throughout the city on Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2, as part of Tacoma’s effort to prepare for winter snowstorms. During this time frame, emergency snow vehicles will be dispatched for crews to experience operating these vehicles along snow routes and around traffic.

During a snowstorm event, crews plow and de-ice streets on a priority level, starting with primary arterial streets, then secondary and auxiliary routes. The time required to clear these routes depends on the intensity of a particular snowstorm and how much snow or ice accumulates.

Community members can prepare now for winter weather by equipping vehicles with good tires, windshield wipers, chains, sand and emergency supplies. Those living on a hill, or somewhere difficult to access in the snow, should look for a place to legally park their vehicles on nights when snow is possible. A location should be chosen where putting on chains can be done safely. It is also advised to research public transportation options as another means of travel during a snowstorm event.

For more information on winter preparedness and to view the snow routes map, visit

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