What You Can Expect from the City of Yelm...
When Snow is Predicted
An anti-icing agent is applied to designated locations to keep snow and ice from accumulating or bonding to the pavement. View our Deicing, Sanding & Snow Route Map.
When Snow Begins to Fall
Crew members will report to work and prepare equipment for plowing operations. If heavy snow is predicted, crews switch to 24-hour operations.
When Snow Begins to Accumulate
Plows and/or sand trucks are deployed and work the plow routes based on level of priority. See our Deicing, Sanding & Snow Route Map for details.
After the Snow is Gone
Street Sweepers are sent out to collect sand from streets. They first focus on main arterials and continue to sweep streets until all sand has been cleared.
What You Can Do...
Leading up to the Event
Stock up on your essentials and have your shovel ready to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice. Also if you can, check in with neighbors or family that may need a helping hand. If you have to get somewhere check the bus snow routes or ask your employer if there is an option to work from home.
During the Event
City crews are on 24-hour shifts plowing snow and ice. If you can, stay off the roads.
Please have patience regarding any berms caused by the plows as moving snow can be tricky. Our snow operation team does not have the capacity to clear all driveway entrances. When conditions are safe, berms created across driveways must be removed by residents/property owners.
Clear snow from sidewalks: clearing snow from sidewalks is the responsibility of the property owner. Please clear sidewalks as soon as you can safely do so.
Clear neighborhood storm drains. If it can be done safely, the public can help prevent localized flooding as the snow melts by clearing storm drains in their neighborhoods.
After the Event
As the winter weather clears and people begin to venture out, please be mindful of your surroundings. Motorists please watch out for pedestrians, and pedestrians please watch for motorists.
City Crews are working to remove sand and debris from streets. If you see a tree limb blocking the right of way, call the Public Works Department to report the location.
Contact the Public Works Department at 360-458-8406.