Winter Operations Update: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 (Noon)
Crews are continuing to fight snow on primary streets, but new precipitation and blowing snow keep fighting back, covering plowed and treated roadways all over again.
Due to the extreme cold temperatures, crews are using salt treated with calcium chloride in addition to plowing.
We are asking for patience as we continue our efforts to clear the roads following this snow event. Crews will be getting to residential areas once they are able to clear the primary roads and make them safe for travel.
The National Weather Service Forecast
Rest Of Today: Mostly cloudy. Snow late this morning...then a chance of snow this afternoon. Areas of blowing snow. Total snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches. Highs in the lower 20s. Temperatures falling to around 11 this afternoon. North winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent. Wind chill as low as 5 below.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 0 to 5 above. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chill as low as 10 below.
- The City is operating 12-hour rotating shifts, approximately 52 crews per shift.
- Treating salt with calcium chloride help make the treatment effective when temperatures drop below 17 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Plowing is used when clearing roads with several inches of snow accumulation.