Snow Removal Priorities

City crews treat and plow primary roads (which include snow emergency routes) followed by secondary routes (including hills). After these priorities are addressed, crews will begin plowing residential streets.

Page updated on Oct 27, 2015 at 4:45 PM

View this map to learn about the locations of all Primary, Secondary and Snow Emergency Routes throughout the City.

To check on the plowing priority and status of your street and/or submit a concern, use the City’s SnowReport tracking system or call 703.746.HELP (703.746.4357).

Primary Routes

Primary routes are our first priority for plowing and applying materials. Primary routes are the major streets and snow emergency routes that run throughout the city and near schools and hospitals. Plow trucks are first assigned to primary routes and then move quickly to secondary routes. 

Secondary Routes

Secondary routes include local and neighborhood streets, most Metro and DASH bus routes, and streets requiring special attention in snowy conditions (such as steep hills). Plowing of these routes often occurs in tandem with or closely after the plowing of some primary routes. Depending on the severity of the storm, Metro and DASH may offer limited service or temporarily shut down.

Snow Emergency Routes

Vehicles parked on snow emergency routes may be towed and impounded. These routes are posted with red and white street signs. If possible, use off-street parking.