Crews from Montgomery County's Division of Highway Services and the Maryland State Highway Administration are monitoring roadway conditions and treating trouble spots as needed.

Real-Time Snow Operations Information is available on this site.

When It Snows

When it snows, snow fighters concentrate on keeping the major County roads and primary neighborhood streets passable. These roads are cleared down to bare pavement as soon as possible after the storm is over.

Plowing generally begins when snow becomes 3 or more inches deep and the temperature indicates that there will be no melting. However, when the snow depth is 3 inches or less and the afternoon sun is melting it, the County lets the sun do the work, saving you tax dollars. Even after plowing, snow that has been hard packed by traffic often remains on the street, where the  County plows are unable to remove it completely. In this situation, a mixture of sand and salt is spread to provide adequate traction.

After the snow stops falling and after the major County roads and primary neighborhood streets are cleared, crews concentrate on clearing snow from all neighborhood streets and sanding as promptly as possible.

What You Can Expect When it Snows

Please be patient! Streets are plowed according to their priority and reviewed at the end of each season. Snow fighters work around the clock until all 2,400 miles of County-maintained streets are passable. We will use a force of 200 employees, 173 peices of snow removal equipment, and we have available 35,500 tons of salt and sand to get the job done.

The Department of Public Works & Transportation's Action Plan

This plan assures that County residents are within 3 or 4 blocks of a treated roadway during the course of a storm and that complete vehicular access is available as soon as possible when the storm is over.

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Channel 55 (channel 5 on cable-ready sets) the County Government's channel, continuously updates roadway conditions within the County.

Real-Time Snow Operations Information is available on this site.

For information about our snow removal operations during a snowstorm, call the Division of Highway Services at 217-2159. More lines are now available to make it easier to reach us.

The County's emergency information telephone number is 217-8800. It will also provide continuous updates on road conditions.

For more information about school and government closings and snow removal, check the County's home page and the Department of Public Works and Transportation's home page.


SNOW EMERGENCY

Both the State of Maryland and Montgomery County have designated certain roads as SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES, prominently marked with red and white signs. When the State and/or the County initiates the snow emergency plan, it is illegal to drive without snow tires, mud/snow radials or chains, or to park on these roads. Vehicles without snow tires or chains found blocking snow routes during an emergency may be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense. State and County snow emergency plans are not put into effect simultaneously; therefore, pay special attention to the news broadcasts when announcements are made. State-maintained highways can be identified because they have posted route numbers. County roads do not.

PLOWING AND HOW YOU CAN HELP

Clearing driveways and entrances is the responsibility of the property owner. Commercial and multi-family property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks at their properties. We appeal to our residents to clear sidewalks in front of their homes, because funds and forces are not available for this service.


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WHO ELSE CLEARS SNOW?

All numbered roads in the county are state roads and are cleared by the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Other departmental divisions, outside agencies and governmental jurisdictions have responsibility for plowing. They include: Transportation's Facilities and Services Division and its Division of Transit Services (which will clear as many of its highest ridership 5,000 shelters and bus stops as it can), the Montgomery County Board of Education, the Maryland-National Park & Planning Commission, Metro, municipalities and homeowner's associations. Commercial parking lots plow their property and may not move snow into the street.

EMERGENCIES

Call the Police and Fire Departments at 911 in life-threatening emergencies and for Fire and Rescue services only. An emergency problem is rarely solved by an out-of-sequence plowing; police and emergency vehicles are equipped to reach an emergency call quicker than a street can be plowed. The Police and Fire Departments will contact the Division of Highway Services if an emergency vehicle needs assistance to maneuver on a snow or ice-covered street.

HELPFUL HINTS

POTHOLES

Highway Services crews have thousands of miles of pavement to patrol, so they appreciate helpful calls from citizens giving the exact location of the pothole, with a specific address or intersection. Crews will repair potholes on County-maintained roads promptly. Just call 217-2159.


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