ADOT narrows 3,400 names down to 10 in its Name-a-Snowplow Contest

Arizona Department of Transportation snowplow

The Arizona Department of Transportation is running a second annual Name-a-Snowplow Contest. (Photo courtesy of the Arizona Department of Transportation)

By Robert Gundran

February 13, 2024

The winners for 2023 were “Alice Scooper,” “Snowguaro,” and “Frost Responder.”


The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has named the finalists in its Name-a-Snowplow Contest, and voters have these 10 names to choose from:

  • Blizzard Buster
  • Cinder Claus
  • Fast and Flurryous
  • Flake 48
  • Mogollon Monster
  • Plower Express
  • Scoopacabra
  • Scooperstition
  • Snowbi-Wan Kenobi
  • Squall-E

Voters can pick their three favorites here. The contest ends on Feb. 15.

The three names with the most votes will have their names plastered onto the sides of ADOT snowplows.

This is the second year the agency has held the naming contest.

ADOT said nearly 5,000 names were sent in and 7,000 votes were cast last year. Roughly 3,400 entries were submitted in this year’s iteration of the contest.

“Arizona drivers participating in this contest help highlight the important work our snowplow operators perform during each winter storm to help everyone get home safely,” ADOT Director Jennifer Toth said in a press release.“It’s fantastic that thousands of people came up with clever names, and I can’t wait to see the winners!”

Don’t get too excited if you encounter one of these named snowplows while on the road. ADOT noted to never try to pass a snowplow, give the plow extra room, and stay at least four car lengths behind the plow.


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  • Robert Gundran

    Robert Gundran grew up in the Southwest, spending equal time in the Valley and Southern California throughout his life. He graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2018 and wrote for The Arizona Republic and The Orange County Register.



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