Snow Plowing Information

Every Storm Presents a Different Challenge

Throughout the years, snow and ice removal has proven to be an inexact science. Different storms bring different problems which require different levels of response. Several factors directly contribute to the level of severity of the storm and the subsequent effect on traffic and public safety.

The Composition of the Snow

Snow moisture levels vary based on temperature. The closer the temperature is to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the heavier the content of the snow will be. Heavy snow makes snow and ice removal much more difficult. The process is more efficient and effective when snow is dry and fluffy.

The Length of the Storm

Extended snow storms make snow and ice removal more difficult and less effective. The best advice is to use extreme caution when driving on Village streets. The Village will concentrate on clearing the main arterial streets during an extended storm.

Side streets and cul-de-sacs will be taken care of as time permits. It is much easier to clear eight inches of snow that falls over a six-hour period in comparison to a four-inch snow that falls over a 24-hour period.

Rush Hour Effect

Morning and late-afternoon snow storms will increase your driving times. Try and stay updated on predicted weather conditions and make your travel plans accordingly. As is standard procedure, the Village plow and salt crews will clear the snow and ice as quickly as possible when these particularly inconvenient storms occur.

Salting & Deicing Practices

The Village has implemented an environmentally friendly alternative to the use of salt only to help deice streets. This alternative combines traditional road salt and a beet by-product which reduces the amount of salt needed and increases the effectiveness of salt. The liquid / salt mixture creates an oatmeal-like substance that will appear black on the roadway.

For more information, please contact the Request for Service System at (847) 223-8515.