With a significant snow event on the horizon this weekend, Hudson will employ the latest in snow fighting technology and equipment.

In advance of the snow, the city has issued an emergency snow parking ban that will be in effect from noon on Friday, Jan. 12, through 6 p.m. Saturday, January 13. Hudson has 14 snow routes that encompass 350 lane miles, along with 218 cul-de-sacs. To plow every street in Hudson is like driving from here to Chicago, which is a 5 or 6-hour drive. 

It takes time for snow crews to plow and salt every street once, and crews must plow Route 8 and the main roads many times during a significant storm. In general, it requires the same amount of time to clear all Hudson’s streets after it stops snowing that it takes for the snow event to occur. On average, if it snows for 8 hours, it takes at least 8-10 hours after the snow stops to clear all the roads and cul-de-sacs.

Hudson streets are categorized by Priority 1, 2, or 3, with the Priority 1 being Route 8, main roads and arterial streets such as Route 91 and 303 and Stow Road. Crews concentrate on the Priority 1 roads first, making sure they are passable before concentrating on the secondary streets. Crews will service neighborhood streets as quickly as possible throughout and after a snow event. Cul-de-sacs are plowed when other roads have been completed.

See our related article on tips from the city and what you can do to help out the crews during heavy snow storms.

As the snow begins falling this weekend, snow team crews will be treating roads accordingly. Remember to give our snow plows room. Drivers must maneuver a 27-ton truck through the city’s narrow, winding streets, dealing with foggy windows, swirling snow, low visibility, slippery roads and icy intersections. Leave a good distance between your vehicle and plow trucks. Be cautious if you must be on the road.

To find out more about the snow plow route map, salting program and snow parking bans, visit www.hudson.oh.us and click on the Snow and Ice Control page under the Services tab.