Gearing Up for Winter Weather

Page updated on Dec 8, 2021 at 8:46 PM

Emergency response, including snow and ice removal operations, is a top priority and core service for the City of Alexandria’s snow response teams, public safety and emergency management.

Did you know

  • The City has on standby more than 54 pieces of snow removal equipment and 120 crew members with more than 7,000 tons of salt available to keep roads clear.
  • Snow and ice storms produce an average accumulation of 15 inches annually in Alexandria. That amount is generally spread over several events in a typical winter.
  • During the winter months, City staff track potential storms 24 hours per day and on-call City crews and contractors are available to begin working in 12-hour shifts when winter weather is forecasted. If there is a snow emergency, essential employees, public safety, and emergency management staff work around the clock to ensure Alexandria's streets are safe for travel.
  • You can help the City in its snow fighting efforts by removing snow from sidewalks, driveways and entrances on your property in compliance with City Code. Learn more about the City’s ordinance for snow removal on sidewalks and pathways.
  • One of the most important things you can do is to make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for a snow emergency. Learn how you can prepare for winter weather emergencies.

Watch the video to learn how the City outfits its trucks and dump trucks for snow operations.