The City of Tacoma will begin preparing for winter weather late next week.

Between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 2, crews will practice operating the city’s snow vehicles around traffic and along snow routes.

Courtesy City of Tacoma.

Plowing and de-icing after a winter storm occurs based on priority, with primary arterial streets receiving attention first, followed by secondary and auxiliary roads. In the case of forecasted snow, the city also pre-treats streets with priority given to bridges, bridge approaches, and shaded hills and curves.

According to Tacoma’s Street Operations Division, the city has 21 total snow plows that can be deployed if necessary.

snow plows

Courtesy City of Tacoma.

The city encourages residents to prepare early for snow by equipping vehicles with quality tires, windshield wipers, chains, and emergency supplies. Those who live in homes that might be difficult to access after a snowstorm should plan ahead and locate legal parking in safer areas.

For more information about snow routes and winter storm preparation, visit