Winter & Snow Information

Snow Emergencies

Snow emergencies go into effect automatically when there is two inches of snowfall or when one is declared by city administration. The goal of the city’s snow ordinance is to allow North Liberty’s streets to be cleared efficiently, so travel is safer and melting snow can drain quickly. View the official city ordinance 69.10 here.

The city will notify residents of declared snow emergencies by posting in all of these places:

When a snow emergency is in effect, on-street parking is prohibited; cars can be ticketed every 12 hours or towed.

To assist residents, the city provides off-street parking for those without an available garage, driveway or other paved parking space.

Off-street parking, for those without available garage, driveway or other paved parking space, is available in the southern parking lot, near the gazebo, at Penn Meadows Park, 310 N. Dubuque Street, which the Parks Department prioritizes clearing.

In the event of extreme weather, some programming may be postponed or cancelled. Information about cancellations will be posted on the City’s website.

A snowy roundabout from above.

Street and Trail Clearing

Every winter storm is different, and our crews work to clear streets and trails quickly and effectively based on the current conditions and best information available using a variety of tools and techniques. Air temperatures, the amounts of snow or ice, the predicted conditions and timing all impact how our crews work. During winter conditions, avoid unnecessary travel, build extra travel time into your schedule and travel with extra care.

The Streets Department clears public streets in this priority order, based on traffic volume and traffic speed:

  1. Plow all primary roads, including Penn Street, Ranshaw Way and Forevergreen Road
  2. Plow secondary roads, including Scales Bend Drive, Cherry Street and Front Street
  3. Plow main roads into subdivisions, including Deerfield Drive, Covered Bridge Boulevard and Fox Run
  4. Plow secondary roads in subdivision along with dead ends and cul-de-sacs, including Juniper Court, Bayberry Lane and Ash Circle

How to Help

Keep Streets Clean and Organized

Residents can assist by removing cars, trailers, basketball hoops and other items from the street and the right of way between the street and the sidewalks.

Clear Your Sidewalks, Fire Hydrants, and Storm Drains

Sidewalks are required to be cleared within 48 hours of a snowfall. Please also consider clearing around storm drains, to help prevent ice dams and flooding. Also considers clearing fire hydrants to allow critical unimpeded access in the event of a fire or other emergency.

Don’t Dump Snow

Moving snow from a driveway, parking lot or other private property onto the public property slows cleanup, creates icy drifts on roads and sidewalks, creates sightline obstacles for travelers and is against city code.

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