SNOW Predicted:

Snow Predicted

  • Staffing levels are determined based on the weather forecast.
  • Denver may use a liquid de-icer to pre-treat the streets; however, it is not a common practice, as conditions have to be just right for pre-treating to be effective. Pre-treating the streets will not prevent ice from forming, but helps prevent ice from bonding to the street.


Snow Begins

  • Main streets plowed by heavy plows
  • 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 prevent snow/ice from bonding to the pavement. 


Major Snow Event

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