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Weather Forecasting Strategies for Highway Snow-and-Ice Control Maintenance Operations


This report describes a survey of weather impacts on current Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT) snow-and-ice control maintenance operations and how weather information is currently used within the DOT. The report further describes the capabilities of the meteorological community to provide meteorological and pavement condition data and the forecasting of future conditions. Finally, the report describes pilot programs which are recommended to investigate the ability of the Washington State DOT to reduce costs and improve resource allocation through the use of weather information in the snow-and-ice control decision process.


  • Date Published: January, 1989
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 174.1
  • Last Modified: September 13, 2007
  • Author: S. Edward Boselly.
  • Originator: Matrix Management Group.
  • # of Pages: 30 p., 602 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Costs, Highway maintenance, Meteorological phenomena, Snow and ice control, Snowfall, Snowstorms, Weather, Weather forecasting, Winter maintenance.
  • Keywords: Highway maintenance, weather impacts, meteorology, snow-and-ice control.
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This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008