Say It Ain't Snow! Officials Advise Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed

Be prepared for plows to throw snow onto the sidewalks.

Oh, Punxsutawney Phil, great weather sage, why did you have to see your shadow this year? It looks like the rodent forecaster was correct when he predicted six more weeks of winter on Groundhog's Day.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) light snow will begin Tuesday evening, peaking between 2 a.m and 7 a.m. The snow will diminish during Wednesday morning and end by noon. The total snow accumulation through Wednesday will be in the 3 to 6 inch range.

Snow laughing matter for DPS

Underbody plows simply cannot throw snow over the piles remaining from the previous storms, according to City Manager Don Johnson. 

"Due to the significant amount of snow we have had, we will be increasing the use of the front plows," said Greg Rassel, director of the Department of Public Service. "The front plows will be needed to move the snow farther and higher off the road, including use on residential streets."

"If we were to continue using underbody plows, we would see the roadways get narrower with each plowing," Johnson said. "Unfortunately, this means the plows will often be throwing snow onto the sidewalks."

Johnson added he doubts that the city will be salting Tuesday night.

"It's already 22 degrees, and dropping, and salt is not effective below that temperature," he said.

Prepare, plan, stay informed

The NWS advises residents to prepare, plan and stay informed. 

  • Expect snow plowed off roads to land on sidewalks, driveways and cars left on the street. 
  • Expect snow to make traveling difficult and allow extra time.
  • Assist neighbors who have difficulty shoveling.
  • Extra room on your driveway? Offer extra space to those without driveways to make it easier for plows to clear streets.
  • Sign up for snow emergency alerts at romi.gov.


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