The City of Storm Lake Provides Winter Reminders

The City of Storm Lake wants to remind residents about proper preparations for the winter season.

The city suggests staying home when conditions are unsafe. City plowing and sanding crews will be at work and will open streets as soon as possible, starting with emergency routes. Also, know the difference between a “winter storm watch,” “winter storm warning,” and “winter weather advisory.”

A “Winter Storm Warning” is issued when heavy snow, sleet, or freezing rain is imminent or occurring, and is typically first issued 12-24 hours before a storm event is expected to begin.

A “Winter Storm Watch” alerts the public to the possibility of heavy snow, blizzard, or heavy sleet or freezing rain. A watch may be issued up to 48 hours before a storm possibility is expected.

A “Winter Weather Advisory” is issued for accumulations of snow, freezing rain, sleet or freezing drizzle which may cause inconveniences and require caution when driving.

When it comes to public sidewalks, the City Code requires sidewalks to be cleaned within 72 hours of snow or ice.

During a snow emergency, the city prohibits parking on all streets. Snow emergencies run from 10 pm to 6 am in residential areas and 2-6 am in the downtown business district, unless otherwise notified. For more information on winter preparations, visit the City of Storm Lake’s website at or call City Hall at 732-8000.

Below are the maps of the emergency snow routes and downtown parking areas.