Winter Operations: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 (Afternoon)

Winter Operations Update: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 (Afternoon)

Crews have been pretreating streets with brine in advance of the snowfall forecasted to begin this afternoon.

This weather could create problems for the afternoon commute.

Crews are working 12-hour rotating shifts and are prepared keep the roads as clear as possible once the storm begins. Crews committed to continuing their efforts throughout the course of this event.

Motorist should use caution if traveling this afternoon and anticipate hazardous driving conditions.

Storms that hit during a peak travel time (such as the afternoon commute) present the challenge of traffic congestion. This not only slows motorists, it reduces our ability to treat and plow roads.

Please give our crews as much room as possible while they are trying to keep the roads clear!

Quick Facts

  • The City has about 4,000 tons of salt on hand. Additional salt supplies have been ordered.
  • Crews have been pretreating streets with a brine mixture, which is an effective treatment that conserves resources. (It takes 40 gallons of brine -- using 2 pounds of salt per gallon -- to treat one lane mile. In comparison, it takes 400 pounds of granular salt to treat the same area.)
  • 2 brine trucks are still out making sure hills and bridges have a good protective layer of salt before heavy snow starts to fall.
  • 51 trucks equipped to plow-first-then-salt are ready to hit the streets once snow begins to accumulate on streets.

The National Weather Service Forecast

The National Weather Service forecast is:

Rest Of Today: A chance of snow late this morning...then snow this afternoon. Snow accumulation 1 to 2 inches. Highs in the lower 30s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 100 percent.

Tonight: Snow in the evening. Total snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches. Lows 10 to 15. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 100 percent. Wind chill as low as zero.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 20s. West winds around 10 mph. Wind chill as low as zero in the morning.