As winter weather gets into full swing and affects road conditions on a daily, and sometimes hourly, basis, it’s important to understand how to safely operate vehicles on KMC roads. One of the best ways is to stay informed on what the current road condition is at your installation and how it works.
»What are road conditions based on?
The various road conditions on installations throughout the KMC are based on the recommendations of security forces, military police and school officials to installation commanders.
Different installations often have different conditions. Community members should use their own discretion when dealing with non-priority or secondary roads, as conditions from town to town often vary widely. Those who face unsafe
driving conditions where they live should contact their chain of command for further guidance and instruction to make the safest possible decision within mission requirements.
»Where do I go to find out my installation’s ROADCON or to see if schools, school buses and Air Force facilities are delayed or closed?
School delay or closure information will apply to all schools throughout the KMC equally. School delay decisions are made no later than 4:30 a.m., and early release is decided no later than 10:30.
Ramstein’s public Web site has information for all of the above. Visit the main page at and click on the “Winter Weather Update” graphic on the right side of the page. Information on our “Winter Weather Information” page is the best and most current resource.
»How is late reporting or early release decided and how will I be notified?
The procedure for late reporting and early release from KMC installations has changed from last year’s winter season.
If your installation is in Road Condition Red, late reporting and early release will be a unit commander decision. If unsure about reporting instructions, individuals should contact their chain of command as “base-wide” reporting instructions or an early release announcement will not be made.
»What do the different road conditions mean?