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2018/2019 Snow and Ice Event Response

2018/2019 Snow and Ice Event News and Information
Posted on 01/18/2019
2018/2019 Snow and Ice Event News and Information

Fri, Jan 18, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Snow is on its way. Expect low visibility and slick roads with this event as high winds and considerable blowing and drifting is expected. 

A Snow Emergency will go into effect beginning at 6 pm, this evening, Friday, January 18th through 6 pm, Saturday, January 19th.

Parking on Posted Snow Routes is prohibited when a Snow Emergency is in effect. Vehicles parked on Posted Snow Routes will be ticketed and may be towed.

As an alternative to on-street parking in the Downtown, residents, and visitors to the area may park for free in any one of the City’s three parking ramps beginning at 5 pm, today, Friday, January 18th through 7 am, Sunday, January 20th.

Public Works will respond when the snow begins to fly. 

Remember to take it slow when there is ice and snow.

hu, Jan 17, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The National Weather Service forecast indicates the area is projected to receive six to eight inches of snow beginning Friday, January 18th. 

Due to predicted conditions, a Snow Emergency has been Declared. The Snow Emergency will go into effect beginning at 6pm, Friday, January 18th through 6pm, Saturday, January 19th.

Parking on Posted Snow Routes is prohibited when a Snow Emergency is in effect. Vehicles parked on Posted Snow Routes will be ticketed and may be towed.

As an alternative to on-street parking in the Downtown, residents and visitors to the area may park for free in any one of the City’s three parking ramps beginning at 5pm, Friday, January 18th through 7am, Sunday, January 20th.

Expect low visibility and slick roads with this event, as high winds and considerable blowing are drifting are expected.   Remember to take it slow when there is ice and snow.

Text, phone and e-mail notifications will be sent to those who have signed up at 10:00am Friday as a reminder.

Thu, Jan 17, 2019 - 6:30 AM

Winter is here.  Active weather will continue through the weekend with a possibility of four inches of snow between Friday and Saturday.

A determination on whether conditions warrant a Snow Emergency will be made sometime today, or early Friday, January 18th when the forecast becomes a little more accurate.

Be in the Know.  Remember to sign-up for text, phone or e-mail notification when a Snow Emergency is declared at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/winter. ​

Tue, Jan 15, 2019, 1:30 PM

The National Weather Service forecast indicates there is a chance for patchy freezing drizzle through 5am, Wednesday, January 16th.   Slick roads are possible.

Crews are on standby to respond as needed.

Remember to take it slow on ice and snow. 

Tue, Jan 15, 2019 - 5:00 AM

Some light drizzle came through the area earlier this morning creating slippery conditions. Crews have salted Posted Snow Routes.

Spotty areas of slick roadways are possible on our major thoroughfares and likely on less traveled residential roads, sidewalks and driveways.

Travel with caution this morning.  Give yourself a little extra time and increase your following distance.

Remember to walk like a penguin when there is ice:

- Extend your arms to keep balance,

- Keep hands out of your pockets,

- Spread your feet out slightly like a penguin,

- Walk flat-footed and take short steps,

- And take it slow.

Mon, Jan 14, 2019 - 2:30 PM

A 2nd Snow Emergency specific to the Downtown and Hilltop will go will be in effect between 10pm, this evening, Monday, January 14th and 6am, Tuesday, January 15th.  This snow emergency is restricted to the general area of: River Dr to 5th St between Gaines and E River Dr, and Harrison St between River Dr and Locust St.

In addition to the 2nd Snow Emergency going into effect, according to the National Weather Service there is a chance for freezing drizzle between 6pm this evening, and 9am Tuesday, January 15th.  Please drive with caution if you are out and about.  Crews will be on hand to salt as needed.

As an alternative to on-street parking during the 2nd Snow Emergency, residents and visitors to the area may park for free in the city’s ramps beginning at 5pm, today, Monday, January 14th through 7am, Tuesday January 15th.

Response to this snow event will conclude with the removal of snow from the Downtown and Hilltop Tuesday morning.

Why does the city have a 2nd Snow Emergency for the Downtown and Hilltop?

Due to the density of buildings in these areas, there is little space for snow to go when we receive significant snow of four or more inches. This is the reason a 2nd Snow Emergency is called for these areas. During the 2nd Snow Emergency snow is loaded and hauled out of the area, which in turn frees up on-street parking and pedestrian hazards presented by all of the excess snow with nowhere to go.

Sun, Jan 13, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Crews will finish plowing and salting residential roads by 6pm this evening.

As a reminder, a 2nd Snow Emergency specific to the Downtown and Hilltop will go into effect at 10pm, Monday, January 14th to allow for snow removal and hauling from the area.  This 2nd Snow Emergency is set to expire at 6am, Tuesday, January 15th.

The Downtown and Hilltop areas affected by this Snow Emergency is generally the area of River Dr to 5th St between Gaines and E River Dr, and Harrison St between River Dr and Locust.

As an alternative to on-street parking during the 2nd Snow Emergency, residents and visitors to the area may park for free in the city’s ramps beginning at 5pm, Monday, January 14th through 7am, Tuesday January 15th.

Sun, Jan 13, 2019 - 6:00 AM

Crews transitioned snow removal efforts to residential roads early this morning.  Please park off-street on residential roads today, Sunday, January 13th, when you are able.  Parking off-street helps crews to clear roads more safely and efficiently, especially on narrow roadways.

Due to the volume of snow received (roughly six inches), a 2nd Snow Emergency specific to the Downtown and Hilltop will go into effect at 10pm, Monday, January 14th to allow for snow removal and hauling from the area. This 2nd Snow Emergency will be in effect through 6am, Tuesday, January 15th. The area affected can be viewed at http://cityofdavenportiowa.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=6481456&pageId=11893760As an alternative to on-street parking, residents and visitors to the area may park for free in the city’s ramps beginning at 5pm, Monday, January 14th through 7am, Tuesday January 15th for this 2nd Snow Emergency.

For pedestrian safety, residents should begin the process of removing snow from their sidewalks. When shoveling snow, remember to take it slow and to take breaks, push the snow, and stay hydrated. If you are able, consider helping to remove snow from neighboring sidewalks where the individual may be less able or away.

Sat, Jan 12, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Crews will remain focused on clearing Posted Snow Routes through later tonight into early Sunday, January 13th.  Parking on Posted Snow Routes is prohibited until 10pm this evening, Saturday, January 12th when the current Snow Emergency expires.

Individuals on residential roads are encouraged to park off-street when possible beginning later this evening and Sunday.  This will help crews to clear these roads more safely and efficiently as they transition snow removal efforts to these roads overnight.

Nearly four inches of snow has fallen, with more to come.  The National Weather Service predicts we will receive up to another two inches of snow before 8pm this evening.

As you begin to shovel out today and tomorrow, remember shoveling can put a strain on the heart.  Take frequent breaks, take it slow, push the snow, and stay hydrated. If you are able, consider helping to remove snow from neighboring sidewalks where the individual may be less able or away.

Sat, Jan 12, 2019 - 6:00 AM

Crews were called in to begin response to arriving snow around 1am this morning, Saturday, January 12th.  Over one inch of snow has fallen at this time.  Snow will continue throughout the day.  The National Weather Service indicates we are likely to see an additional 3 inches of snow between now and 8pm this evening. 

Crews will continue plowing and salting Posted Snow Routes until they are clear.

A Snow Emergency remains in effect through 10pm this evening, Saturday, January 12th.

Parking on Posted Snow Routes is prohibited when a Snow Emergency is in effect. Vehicles parked on Posted Snow Routes will be ticketed and may be towed.

As an alternative to on-street parking in the Downtown, residents and visitors to the area may park for free in any one of the City’s three parking ramps through 7am, Sunday, January 13th. 

Roads will be slick at times.  Remember to take it slow when there is ice and snow.

Fri, Jan 11, 2019 - 1:30 PM

The National Weather Service forecast indicates the area is expected to receive around four inches of snow beginning around 11pm, Friday, January 11th. Snow is expected to fall throughout most of the day Saturday, January 12th.

Due to predicted conditions, a Snow Emergency has been declared effective 10pm, Friday, January 11th through 10pm, Saturday, January 12th.

Parking on Posted Snow Routes is prohibited when a Snow Emergency is in effect. Vehicles parked on Posted Snow Routes will be ticketed and may be towed. Having cars parked off-street is the best way to ensure snow removal on our major thoroughfares is effective and promotes mobility throughout the city.

As an alternative to on-street parking in the Downtown, residents and visitors to the area may park for free in any one of the City’s three parking ramps beginning at 5pm, today, Friday, January 11th through 7am, Sunday, January 13th.

Roads could be slick at times.  Please do not expect to drive as you would under normal weather conditions.

Crews are prepared to respond once the snow starts to fly. Be reminded snow removal efforts will be focused on clearing Posted Snow Routes until they are clear before entering residential roads.

For more information on Posted Snow Routes, snow response activities and other winter weather information visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/winter.




Wed, Jan 9, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Public Works crews began applying salt brine to Posted Snow Routes today, Wednesday, January 9th, and will continue through tomorrow. The brine is being applied in advance of the chance for snow beginning late Friday, January 11th. 

Did you know salt brine can only be applied as pre-treatment when snow is not preceded by rain because rain washes brine treatments away? Public Works applies salt brine whenever the opportunity exists because it is an effective tool in early melting, lessens snow’s ability to bond with the pavement, and reduces overall salt use.

Public works is prepared to respond to arriving winter weather as needed.

Visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/winter to sign-up for snow emergency notifications or to find out more about the city’s snow operations.

Sat, Dec 29, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Crews finished salting Posted Snow Routes late last night, and are on standby for response as needed through the weekend.

Fri, Dec 28, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The National Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory in effect through 8pm this evening, Friday, December 28th.​  Roads are icing and slick.

Crews have begun salting Posted Snow Routes.

Please slow down, increase your following distance and drive with caution if you are out.

Mon, Dec 10, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Public Works crews began applying salt brine to Posted Snow Routes today, and will continue through tomorrow. The brine is being applied in advance of the chance for snow on Wednesday to promote melting, and prevent snow from sticking to pavement.

Did you know salt brine can only be applied as pre-treatment when snow is not preceded by rain because rain washes brine treatments away? Public Works applies salt brine whenever the opportunity exists because it is an effective tool in early melting, lessens snow’s ability to bond with the pavement, and reduces overall salt use.


Tue, Dec 4, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The area is receiving light mixed precipitation of snow, sleet and drizzle. Crews have been called in to treat Posted Snow Routes that have become slick 

We may see periods of precipitation through later this evening.

 Please take your time and drive with caution this evening. Slick roads are likely.


Sun, Dec 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The National Weather Service reports there is a chance of light snow through 4am.
  Dropping temps, recent melting, and light snow could cause roads to be slick for the early morning commute. 

Take it slow and drive with caution if you are out overnight or early tomorrow morning. Do not expect to drive as you would under normal weather conditions.

Sign-up to receive text, phone or e-mail notifications when a Snow Emergency is declared at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/winter.

Wed, Nov 28, 2018 - 1:30 PM

There are no open Snow Emergencies.  Crews have finished clearing roads on a 24 hour shift.  Crews will return to regular hours tomorrow. Efforts will be focused on clearing the tops of storm drains, spot treating slick areas, and removing snow piles as needed.

Warmer temperatures and rain in the forecast will continue to melt remaining icepack in the coming days.

With over 10,000 storm drains in Davenport, residents can assist with reducing the threat for localized flooding by ensuring the storm drain in their neighborhood is clear to receive run-off from melting snow and predicted rain.


Tue, Nov 27, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Crews began clearing residential roads last night. Making it through all residential roads will take time due to the volume of snow received. Efforts will continue overnight and into tomorrow.  We expect all residential roads to be cleared by late Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to residential roads, crews are removing ice pack on Posted Snow Routes and will be performing snow removal and hauling in the Downtown this evening.

A 2nd Snow Emergency specific to the Downtown and Hilltop Campus will go into effect at 10pm this evening, Tuesday, November 27th, and is set to expire at 6am, Wednesday, November 28th. The area affected by the 2nd Snow Emergency is the area between River Dr and 5th St from Gaines to E River Dr, and Harrison St between River Dr and Locust. Residents and visitors to the Downtown may park for free in any of the city’s three ramps through 7am, Wednesday, November 28th.

Please continue to park off-street when you are able on residential roads to help crews clear roads more efficiently and safely.

Be reminded slick conditions are possible through the week due to melting and refreezing.  Watch for black ice and slick bridge decks.

Mon, Nov 26, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Crews will finish clearing all Posted Snow Routes early this evening.  The focus will switch to snow removal on all residential roads once complete. With the transition to clearing residential roads, it becomes especially helpful for everyone on residential roads to park off-street when they are able, or to coordinate with neighbors to park on one side of the street.  Parking off-street helps crews clear roads more efficiently and safely. This becomes very important when clearing roads after a significant event such as yesterday.

Clearing the heavy wet snow we received will be challenging for a few days.  Once residential roads are entered, we will likely see melting during the day and refreezing overnight.  Use caution when you travel in the days ahead.

For pedestrian safety, residents should begin the process of removing snow from their sidewalks. This is heavy wet snow.  Removal can put a strain on the heart. When shoveling today and tomorrow, please remember to: take frequent breaks, take it slow, push the snow, and to stay hydrated. If you are able, consider helping to remove snow from neighboring sidewalks where the individual may be less able.

All solid waste collection for today, Monday, November 26th was canceled earlier due to road conditions. All solid waste collection will run one day late this week due to today’s cancellation.  Monday’s collection will occur on Tuesday; Friday’s collection will occur on Saturday.

In addition to the change in schedule, solid waste announced that there will be no yard waste collection this week; yard wastes will be collected without a sticker Monday, December 3rd through Friday, December 7th.  Yard wastes may also be dropped off at the Compost Facility without a fee through December 7th.  Check the facility’s hours before you plan your trip, as winter hours go into effect Saturday, December 1st. Information can be found at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/compost.

A 2nd Snow Emergency specific to the Downtown and Hilltop will go into effect at 10pm Tuesday, November 27th to allow for snow removal and hauling from the area. This 2nd Snow Emergency will be in effect through 6am, Wednesday, November 28th. The area affected can be viewed at http://cityofdavenportiowa.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=6481456&pageId=11893760. Free parking in the city’s ramps will be provided 5pm, Tuesday, November 27th through 7am, Wednesday, November 28th for this 2nd Snow Emergency.

We will issue another update on conditions tomorrow morning.

For more information on winter weather response activities and tips visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/winter.


Mon, Nov 26, 2018 - 8:30 AM

All solid waste collection for today, Monday, November 26th is being cancelled due to road conditions. In addition, there will be no yard waste collection this week; yard wastes will be collected without a sticker Monday, December 3rd through Friday, December 7th.

Due to today’s cancellation, all solid waste collection will run one day late this week.  Monday’s collection will occur on Tuesday; Friday’s collection will occur on Saturday.

Yard wastes may be dropped off at the Compost Facility without a fee through December 7th.  Check the facility’s hours before your plan your trip as winter hours go into effect Saturday, December 1st. Information can be found at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/compost.


Mon, Nov 26, 2018 - 6:00 AM

Due to the level of snow accumulation, solid waste will cancel all yard waste collection for today. All other wastes will be collected as normally scheduled.  Individuals with regular Monday collection will be able to place yard wastes without a sticker next Monday, December 3rd.

Roughly 10 plus inches of heavy wet snow was deposited across the area yesterday and into the overnight.  Crews will be focused on clearing Posted Snow Routes throughout the day today.  Residential roads will present travel difficulties until crews can switch focus to these roads.

Blowing and drifting will remain a challenge for everyone today.

A Snow Emergency remains in effect through 5 pm today, Monday, November 26th.  Vehicles parked on Posted Snow Routes during a Snow Emergency will be ticketed and may be towed or plowed in. Residents and visitors to the Downtown may park for free in any one of the City’s three parking ramps through 5 pm, today, Monday, November 26th.

This is heavy wet snow.  Sidewalk snow removal can strain the heart. When shoveling today, please remember to: take frequent breaks, take it slow, push the snow, and to stay hydrated. If you are able, consider helping to remove snow from neighboring sidewalks where the individual may be less able.

For more information on winter weather response activities and tips visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/winter.

We will issue another update on conditions later today.​

Sun, Nov 25, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The current Snow Emergency is being extended due to the change in timing of snow arrival and departure, and the increase in projected snowfall to near 10 inches. The current Snow Emergency will now remain in effect through 5 pm, Monday, November 26th.

Vehicles parked on Posted Snow Routes during the Snow Emergency will be ticketed and may be towed.  As an alternative to on-street parking in the Downtown, residents and visitors to the area may park for free in any one of the City’s three parking ramps through 5 pm, Monday, November 26th.

Crews were called in earlier today, and are actively plowing and salting Posted Snow Routes.  Crews will not remove snow from residential roads until Posted Snow Routes are clear.  This helps to promote mobility throughout the city.

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning. Please drive with caution if you must travel today.​​


Sun, Nov 25, 2018 - 6:00 AM

The forecast changed slightly overnight. The revised forecast indicates the area is likely to receive between 8 and 12 inches of snow, starting with mixed precipitation of rain, snow and possibly sleet through the mid-morning. Snow may continue through 3am Monday, November 26th. 

A Snow Emergency is in effect through 6am, Monday, November 26th.  Parking on Posted Snow Routes is prohibited when a Snow Emergency is in effect.  

High winds and heavy wet snow are expected.  Hazardous travel conditions are likely.  Plan ahead, take your time and drive with caution if you are out today.

Crews are prepared to respond when the snow starts to fly.


Sat, Nov 24, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The area is predicted to receive 6 to 8 inches of snow on Sunday, November 25th according to the current National Weather Service forecast. Due to predicted conditions, a Snow Emergency is being declared effective 6am Sunday, November 25th through 6am Monday, November 26th.

Parking on Posted Snow Routes is prohibited when a Snow Emergency is in effect. Vehicles parked on Posted Snow Routes will be ticketed and may be towed. Having cars parked off-street is the best way to ensure snow removal on our major thoroughfares is effective and promotes mobility throughout the city.

As an alternative to on-street parking in the Downtown, residents and visitors to the area may park for free in any one of the City’s three parking ramps beginning at 5pm, today, Saturday, November 24th through 7am, Monday, November 26th.

Periods of heavy snowfall is likely throughout the day Sunday, beginning at approximately 6am and ending at approximately 6pm.  Blowing is also expected later in the day.

Use caution when driving if you must go out.

Streets are not being pre-treated because the snow will be preceded by rain.

Crews are prepared to respond once the snow starts to fly. Be reminded snow removal efforts will be focused on clearing Posted Snow Routes until they are clear before entering residential roads.

For more information on Posted Snow Routes, snow response activities and other winter weather information visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/winter.

Sun, Nov 18, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Crews finished salting Posted Snow Routes. Response to this event has ended.

Sun, Nov 18, 2018 - 6:00 AM

About a ½ inch of snow fell late last night.  A small crew was called into salt all Posted Snow Routes.  Crews will finish salting Posted Snow Routes around 8am.

Higher temps and sunshine later this afternoon should melt any snow on all other roads.

Slick conditions are possible.  Use caution when driving. Do not drive like you would under normal weather conditions.


Sat, Nov 17, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Crews are no longer responding to this event.

Sat, Nov 17, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Roads are slick this morning.  Crews have been dispatched to plow and salt Posted Snow Routes as needed.  

Drive with caution if you out and about this morning.

Fri, Nov 16, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The current National Weather Service forecast indicates the area will receive around .6 inches of snow between 1am and 11am Saturday, November 17
th.  Additional snow is possible.

Melting is likely if pavement temperatures remain above freezing; however, crews are on standby to respond if snow begins to accumulate or conditions become slick.

Roads were not pretreated for this event because rain is expected to precede snow.

Motorists are reminded to take their time, and to travel with caution when the snow begins to fly.  Do not expect to drive as you would under normal weather conditions.

To sign-up for snow emergency notifications and other winter weather response information visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/winter.


Fri, Nov 9, 2018 - 8AM

Crews spot treated bridge decks early this morning. No other response for this event was required.


Thu, Nov 8, 2018 - 2PM

The current National Weather Service forecast indicates the area will receive around 1.2 inches of snow overnight between 9pm this evening, Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th at 6am.  Additional snow is possible.

Melting will likely occur should pavement temperatures remain above freezing; however, crews are on standby to respond if snow begins to accumulate.  Bridge decks may be slick overnight and through the morning hours.

Motorists are reminded to take their time and travel with caution when the snow begins to fly.  Do not expect to drive as you would under normal weather conditions.

To sign-up for snow emergency notifications and other winter weather response information visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/winter.