As the first snowflakes begin to fly, Des Moines Public Works crews are trying to keep it off the roads.
First, crews will spray de-icing material to help prevent snow from building up.
Once one inch of snow falls, the plows will be out removing the snow from the roads.
Des Moines Public Works Director Pat Kozitza has been tracking the storm. He said whether one inch or six inches of snow falls, the preparation is the same.
“It’s having the equipment ready, it’s having our drivers off and rested and making sure we have enough supplies,” said Kozitza.
Those crews will be hoping Des Moines residents help their snow removal efforts by keeping their cars off the roads.
In the past, crews would finish plowing designated snow routes before moving on to residential streets. Starting this year, residential streets on hills and near school will be plowed at the same time.
That means cars need to be off residential streets by the time the first snowflakes begin to fly. There are exceptions to the rule for streets with limited off-street parking.
The Carpenter, Drake, Drake Park, River Bend, and Sherman Hill neighborhoods are all even/odd parking zones.
In these neighborhoods, people are asked to park on the even side of the street on even days and odd side of the street for odd days.
Plows will make their way through these neighborhoods between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. There will be no warning for this storm.
Residents who don’t follow the rules will be fined $35 dollars.