SNOW Predicted:

Snow Predicted

  • Anti-icing applied only to main streets when conditions permit to prevent snow from bonding to the pavement.
  • The goal of anti-icing is to prevent the snow from bonding to the pavement and forming ice. This is done by placing material on the streets before it snows. The material used in anti-icing is liquid magnesium chloride, an agent that is also used after snow has fallen to “de-ice” City streets. Weather conditions have to be right to anti-ice successfully.

SNOW BEGINS:

Snow Begins

  • De-icing applied only to main streets to prevent the snow from building up and turning into ice.
  • Main streets plowed by heavy plows.
  • After snow has accumulated on the pavement, Denver Public Works will apply de-icing agents to the street to prevent the snow from building up and turning into ice.

    Depending on the location, either Ice Slicer, (a dry material that looks like sand but is a naturally mined mix of sodium chloride, potassium chloride and magnesium chloride) or liquid magnesium chloride may be used to de-ice.  

MAJOR SNOW EVENT:

Major Snow Event

  • 12 inches or more of snow accompanied by prolonged freezing temperatures
  • Main streets & residential streets will be plowed simultaneously 
  • De-icing applied only to main streets to prevent the snow from building up and turning into ice.
  • Main streets plowed by heavy plows.