City of Cleveland’s Winter Weather Plan – February 6, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Currently, 60% of the city’s residential streets have been plowed. This evening the Division of Streets has 42 snow plows and 6 graders working on the remainder of the City’s residential streets. Single digit temperatures last night and predicted for tonight can cause icy conditions on plowed streets. Please take the proper safety and health precautions when traveling outside.

Cleveland’s snow plow crews are on track to meet or beat our benchmark for this snow event, which is called a “Category 2”.  Category 2 snowfall is between four and eight inches and our metric for snow removal in a Category 2 event is to have residential streets serviced within 36 to 48 hours after the snow stops falling.  Since the snowfall ended late afternoon on Wednesday, February 5, our goal is to have all of the City’s 10,060 streets serviced by late tomorrow afternoon.

Key Points:

  • Residents may still see snow on the road after a plow comes down their street, depending on the amount of traffic that has already traveled on the street and how packed the snow on the street is.
  • Where cars are parked on the street, it is more difficult for the plow to clear the snow effectively. We continue to encourage people to park off street whenever possible to allow the plows to go curb to curb.
  • Once we’ve serviced all streets, crews make additional passes to clean up areas that need more work, particularly intersections where cross traffic may cause snow to pile up.
  • The City understands how frustrating it can be to wait for snow plows after a heavy snow.  Residents with snow removal concerns should call 216-664-2510.
  • Snow plows can take a toll on our streets and can contribute to potholes.  When not plowing snow, our crews switch gears and work to fill potholes, weather permitting. To report a pothole, residents should call 216-664-2510.

About Daniel Williams

City of Cleveland, Ohio, Director of Media Relations

One thought on “City of Cleveland’s Winter Weather Plan – February 6, 2014 at 6:15 PM

  1. How cold does it have to be before all non-essential city employees are called off?? Is the windchill taken into account?

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