Snow & Ice Removal
The unique geography of Douglas County can cause weather conditions to change quickly and vary significantly across the more than 1,645 miles of county-maintained roads.
Douglas County maintains a fleet of trucks capable of plowing and treating roads during winter conditions. Trucks are equipped with sanders, a plow, and deicer tanks to help treat roads. Snowplow operators are trained to safely remove snow in a wide variety of conditions.
Residents are encouraged to prepare in advance for winter storms and stay home until roads are clear and safe.
Snow Removal Priority Map
Road plowing and treatment is prioritized based on factors like the amount of traffic a road receives, if it contains emergency services facilities (for example, police and fire stations), if it is a main school bus or public transit route, etc. Douglas County snowplows service roads in three priority phases:
- Priority 1: Main arterial roads with high traffic volume that are essential for emergency services. These roads include some school bus and public transit routes.
- Priority 2: Minor arterial and residential roads with moderate traffic volumes. This includes the remaining school bus and public transit routes.
- Priority 3: Secondary access roads with low traffic volume.
View the Snow Removal Priority Map to see the priority roads maintained by Douglas County.
Please note: If you live within city limits, your roads are maintained by your city. State routes are maintained by WSDOT. Douglas County does not provide winter weather services to private roads.
Your Role in Safe Neighborhoods
You play an important role in keeping your neighborhood safe during winter weather. Here are a few ways that you can help:
- Clear snow from sidewalks for everyone who needs to use them.
- When shoveling or blowing snow, place the excess snow in your yard. Do not put snow in the street! This creates safety issues for others.
- Clear snow away from your neighborhood’s fire hydrants and storm drains.
- Remind children how to stay safe while playing outside in the snow and to never sled or build snow forts near the street.
Frequently Asked Questions
Road plowing and treatment is prioritized based on factors like the amount of traffic it receives, if it contains emergency services facilities (for example, police and fire stations), if it is a main public transit or school bus route, etc. View the Snow Removal Priority Map to learn more.
Deicer is used as a pre-storm treatment primarily on roads that are designated as priority level 1 within Douglas County. Trucks will plow and sand County-maintained residential roads after priority 1 roads have been completed and as conditions allow.
When you consider the large number of driveways and sidewalks within the County, it is too costly and time consuming to use additional people and equipment to perform this service. Our primary duty is to maintain the roadway system so that traffic flow may continue during and after a storm.
Do not shovel snow into the street, this creates safety issues for others. If possible, place snow in your yard where it is out of the way.
Douglas County property owners are strongly encouraged to be a good neighbor and remove snow from their sidewalks to make it safer for pedestrians. Property owners within the City of East Wenatchee are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours after a snow event. See the City of East Wenatchee's Snow Removal Ordinance (EWMC Chapter 12.08) for more information.
Yes, but when snow begins to accumulate, it is advised that you find an alternative place to park for your safety and to protect your car from potential damage. Vehicles will only be towed when a snow emergency is declared on designated streets where parking is normally allowed. If you are parked on a street designated with “no parking” signage, you may be towed without a declared emergency.
Do not put carts on the street, as this creates a hazard to vehicles and snowplows. Place carts at the end of your driveway or property within 2-3 feet of the road, keeping them in front of any snowbanks. For more tips, visit the Waste Management Winter Service Residential Guidelines (PDF).
Yes, please move portable basketball hoops out of the street. It is unlawful to obstruct a county road, street, or right-of-way with a basketball hoop any time of year. These obstructions create potential safety risks for the public and county crews performing road maintenance, including plowing in winter months.