Snow & Ice Removal

The City utilizes maximum resources to safely and efficiently remove snow and ice from City Streets. The City will issue a snow ordinance based on the projected conditions including snow, sleet, ice, and blowing snow. This asks residents to remove their cars from the street. This allows for safe and efficient snow removal operations on designated snow routes throughout the City.

Order Streets Are Cleared

Priority 1 – Major streets are cleared first to open routes for emergency vehicles (shown in red). 

Priority 2 – City residential streets (shown in yellow).

Priority 3 – Circles and cul-de-sacs.

Priority 4 – Parks and trails, parking lots, City buildings

2021 Snow Route Map

Sidewalks and Private Properties

 It is the responsibility of the property owners to remove snow, ice, and accumulations promptly from sidewalks. If a property owner does not remove snow, ice, or accumulations within 24 hours after the snow, ice or accumulation ends, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax (City Code Chapter 136.03).

City snow plows will not clear private driveways except under emergency conditions and with the approval of the Supervisor on duty. The snow placed in driveways by City plows is the responsibility of the property owner to remove. During snow and ice control procedures by the City, it is common for plowed snow to be pushed and/or thrown back onto sidewalks, driveways, and aprons, especially around corners. This unfortunate event results from the need to maintain certain speeds and plow angles to provide efficient and safe snow and ice control. While the City strives to minimize the effects of this thrown snow, it is inherent to snow and ice control activities. Removal of this additional accumulation of material on sidewalks, driveways, or aprons is the responsibility of the abutting property owner. 


The City of Grimes uses a Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS) to provide text and email alerts for snow ordinances and other emergencies. Residents must sign up in order to receive these alerts. Sign up here.


If you have concerns about winter operations, email the Public Works Department.