Snow & Ice Procedures

The City of Orono has approximately 50 miles of roads, as well as some trails and municipal parking lots, which are maintained by the Public Works Department from early November to late March. 

Snow & Ice Policy

The City adopted the Snow Plowing and Ice Control Policy (PDF) to define and provide reasonable snow plowing and ice control services on City roads for routine travel and emergency services and to provide such services in a safe and cost effective manner while balancing personnel resources and environmental concerns.

The city's snow plow plan varies depending upon the amount of snow that falls. If less than 2 inches falls, only major streets in the city system are plowed . Ice control is performed at stop signs, hills, bridges and curves and the entire system. If more than 2 inches of snow falls, all city streets are plowed curb-to-curb. Plowing all streets, including the removal of snow from cul-de-sacs, requires 8 to 10 hours.


Parking on all city streets and municipal parking lots is prohibited from 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. all year. Parking on all city streets is prohibited at any time when there is 2" or more of snow until the streets are cleared. Please refrain from parking on city streets whenever snow or ice conditions may require plowing.

Fire Hydrants 

The Fire Department asks residents to shovel out fire hydrants near their homes. Keeping hydrants clear of snow can substantially reduce the time it takes firefighters to put out a fire.

Mail & Other Services 

Keep your mailbox clear of snow to ensure mail delivery. If it snows on collection day, keep garbage cans and recycling bins away from the end of the driveway.


Do not shovel, plow or blow snow into the street. Blowing snow in the street makes it more difficult to clear streets (especially cul-de-sacs).

Sidewalks & Trails 

Property owners are responsible for keeping public sidewalks adjacent to their property clear of snow.

For More Information

For Questions or concerns related to the Snow removal please contact Orono Public Works at 952-249-4603.