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City snow plan varies by scenario

December 07, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

The City of Hagerstown plans its snow plowing and/or removal based on five storm scenarios, City Public Works Manager Eric B. Deike said.

· In the first, the temperature is hovering around 30 degrees and the road surface is wet. The precipitation can be snow, sleet or freezing rain. The city, for snow or sleet, would apply salt at 500 pounds per mile. Salt would be applied at 200 pounds per mile in freezing rain. Plowing and salting would occur simultaneously if accumulations occur.

· In the second, the temperature is below 30 degrees and the road surface is wet or sticky. Again, the precipitation can be snow, sleet or freezing rain. Salt would be applied at 500 pounds per mile, with plowing and reapplication of salt as snow accumulates. Freezing rain would warrant continual application of salt.

· In the third, the temperature is below 20 degrees and falling. The precipitation is a dry snow, and the road surface is dry. The city would plow roads as soon as possible, with special attention being paid to wet, packed or icy spots that warrant salt.

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· In the fourth, the temperature is below 20 degrees and precipitation is snow. The road surface is wet. Plowing would begin as soon as possible, but salt is not applied until temperatures are above 20 degrees.

· In the fifth, the temperature is below 10 degrees and precipitation is snow. Accumulations are packed snow or ice. The city would "plow as required" and treat packed or icy spots with heavy applications of salt.

"These have occurred in this area," Deike said. "We have done all of these actually."

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