Snow Removal Tips

Please follow these Do's and Don'ts.


Expect snow plows to make unanticipated maneuvers such as backing up and making wide turns. The amber warning lights on snow removal equipment are there to alert motorists and remind them to yield the right of way.

Remove snow and ice from sidewalks and crosswalks adjoining your property within 48 hours of the end of a snowfall or ice accumulation. If you fail to clear them, you are subject to a fine and a bill from the City to complete the work. Contact Property Maintenance at (605) 978-6900 to report a sidewalk snow removal violation.

Stay at least 70 feet (four car lengths) back when you are following behind snow plows and other snow removal equipment so the maintenance vehicle driver can see you. Remember that plow drivers have limited visibility from inside their vehicles.

Be patient. City crews are working to make the streets safer for everyone.

Watch local television stations, listen to local radio stations, and read the local newspaper for the most current snow removal information.

Keep the full approach and exits to your mailbox clear of ice and snow. The postal service depends on you to meet postal requirements regarding delivery and collection of mail to curbside mailboxes.


Shovel or blow snow from sidewalks, crosswalks, driveways, or parking lots onto public streets. It is a violation of City Ordinance and may result in a fine.

Travel beside snow plows or other snow removal equipment. They can be driven sideways very easily by the force of the snow on the plow blade.

Drive through “whiteouts” caused by plowing or high crosswinds. It is easy to become disoriented and lose control of your vehicle.