Snow and Ice Control
SNOW AND ICE CONTROL (SNIC) PROGRAM
This chapter provides guidelines for the procedures that a Task Force Engi-
neer or a Director of Public Works can use when contending with winter storms.
It is understood that all winter storms are not the same and conditions can change
several times during a single storm; therefore, flexibility is important in that
guidelines are always subject to change in order to meet the mission objectives
and the desired levels of service.
These guidelines serve to guide and protect the various units involved, at
least to some degree, should a series of accidents occur during a winter storm.By
outlining the mission objectives and the desired level of service that the units can
strive to provide for those using the highways and roadways, a determination can
be made as to whether the mission objectives and a reasonable level of accom-
plishment have been attained. If the mission objectives and the desired level of
service cannot be met, these guidelines can be used to stipulate those conditions
and the reasons why not. Although a disclaimer may not be important in field
operations, it could be important on an installation where there are numerous
commercial and privately owned vehicles.
These guidelines will help users understand what is expected of them and can
provide an awareness of what level of service is to be expected during winter
Levels of service and mission objectives
There are four classifications of roads in SNIC operations. The level of
service and the mission objective for each of these classifications appear below.
Caveat: It must be recognized that there can be situations when the level of
service desired cannot be maintained and that the objectives desired cannot be
achieved. This can be caused by equipment breakdowns, extremely severe storms
with unacceptable risks, traffic tie-ups, and unsafe conditions, e.g., high winds,
blowing snow, excessive icing, and whiteouts.
Major Supply Routes (MSRs) or similar designated highways (including
Type X, STANAG 2174, all-weather route). These roads require continuous
plowing efforts and salting applications as necessary, with the mission objective