Snow Plow

Be Prepared for Winter Weather in Ankeny

  • Do not park on streets marked with Emergency Snow Route signs anytime it snows. Vehicles must remain off of these streets for 24 hours after snow has stopped falling. View the Emergency Snow Routes.
  • When an All-City Emergency Snow Removal Operation is declared, parking is prohibited on ALL streets for 48 hours. Vehicles may be towed if they are not moved. 
  • If there is snow in the forecast, don’t park on the street. Move vehicles off the street before leaving the house for more than a day during the winter.
  • Do not allow children to play in snow drifts or snow piles along the street. This is very dangerous, especially when streets are being cleared by snow plows.
  • As a property owner, it is your responsibility to clear snow from all sidewalks on or adjacent to your property within 24 hours after snow has stopped falling. Fines may be issued if violations occur.

  • Keep fire hydrants clear of snow and debris. Be mindful when shoveling or snow blowing to not cover any fire hydrant with snow.

Be in the know when it snows!

  • Sign up for Alert Me Ankeny (text message alerts) – text ANKENY to 72466 or sign up online.*
  • Call the Winter Weather Hotline at (515) 963-3540
  • Sign up for email notifications
  • Check the homepage of this website
  • Follow the City of Ankeny on Facebook and Twitter
  • Sign up for NextDoor
  • Tune into your local news channels for updates

City of Ankeny Snow Removal Process

Depending on snow accumulations, wind and ice conditions, the following information is a general guideline for how the City of Ankeny handles various winter weather conditions.

Before Snowfall

  • When snow and ice are in the forecast, City crews prepare vehicles and equipment.
  • Salt brine, calcium chloride or pre-wetted salt may be applied to streets and intersections prior to a snow event.

During Snowfall

  • When it snows less than 2 inches or minimal icing occurs, Emergency Snow Routes and industrial streets will be treated and plowed. In most cases, residential streets will not be plowed, but intersections will be treated. 
  • As snow accumulations increase to more than 2 inches, City crews will begin plowing operations on all City streets including residential streets and alleys. Snowplow trucks will initially make two passes on all residential streets and one pass through each cul-de-sac. All streets will be treated.
  • Residents living on cul-de-sacs may experience a short delay in service, since front-end loaders with plows are needed to clear these areas. The snowplow trucks will make one pass through each cul-de-sac to open them up to traffic prior to the arrival of the front-end loaders. 
  • When large snow accumulations or severe icing occurs, City crews will provide continuous snow removal.
  • All vehicles are prohibited on Emergency Snow Routes when the snowfall begins, while snow is falling, when conditions of snow or ice exist on the traffic surface and for a period of 24 hours after the snow has stopped falling/drifting.

After Snowfall

  • Front-end loaders will be dispatched again to cul-de-sacs to complete snow removal. Melting snow and ice will be removed from streets before it freezes. Snow will be removed from all City parking lots and trails.
  • Once all the city streets are plowed from curb to curb, the snow removal efforts begin in the Uptown Ankeny Business District. The snow removal from this area typically begins at 1 a.m. The snow in the Ankeny Uptown area is removed from the sidewalks and public parking areas and piled in the middle of the street, where it is loaded and hauled away.
  • The final phase of snow removal includes city parking lots, sidewalks and trails.


  • When snow accumulations of over 4 inches occur or are imminent, an All-City Snow Emergency will be declared and announced to the community. The Public Works crews will provide continuous snow removal with personnel on 16 hour shifts and a minimum of 6 hours off.
  • Vehicle parking is prohibited on ALL city streets for 48 hours after a Snow Emergency has been declared.

Snow Removal on Cul-De-Sacs

  • After the first pass through cul-de-sacs, front-end loaders are dispatched to complete snow removal in the bulb of the cul-de-sac. Thorough cleanup is made by piling snow in open right-of-way areas. The melting snow and ice is removed from the streets before it freezes.
  • During periods of excessive snow, homeowners may find snow piled into the sidewalk or into their yards. This is an unavoidable part of the snow removal process. Should residents have concerns about clearing their sidewalks, the City of Ankeny has made an arrangement between departments not to ticket property owners with snow on their sidewalks when it is evident that Public Works has placed it there. Residents who experience any potential damage to their yards can submit a service request to the Public Works Department under Services > Submit Service Request > Snow Removal > Sod Damage.


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