The City of Bowie is responsible for snow removal on all city maintained public streets. Responses to winter weather are categorized by the amount of snow accumulated.
Snow Accumulation of Less Than Two Inches
When roadways become slick due to snow, sleet, or ice, they are immediately treated with salt and/or sand. During treatment operations all main drives, steep hills, and collector streets (streets with numerous intersections) are treated on a priority basis. Streets with lesser inclines, most cul-de-sacs, and flat roads with limited intersections are not treated unless severe icing conditions occur. Limited plowing may take place on priority streets.
Snow Accumulation of Two Inches or More
When snow accumulations reach two inches, citywide plowing operations begin. Plowing operations begin with main drives and progresses to hilly areas and collector streets. During heavier snows plows will remain on priority streets until plowing outpaces accumulation. Plowing then progresses to streets with lesser inclines, roads with limited intersections, and cul-de-sacs. Citywide plowing continues until all streets have been plowed.
Learn about how to prepare for a major snowstorm and other weather hazards in the emergency management section of this website.