City Braces for Winter Storm, Bitter Cold

 01/04/2014 - 18:45
City workers remove snow from a downtown parking lot after a snow storm in December.

City of Saline residents are asked to move vehicles from streets ahead of a winter storm that may drop as much as a foot of snow by late Sunday night.

A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service is in effect from midnight to 10 p.m. Sunday. The storm is expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of snow overnight and then 5 to 7 inches of heavier snow beginning Sunday afternoon, with total accumulations of 6 to 10 inches by Sunday night.

Saline Department of Public Works Director Jeff Fordice said the city is asking residents to move vehicles from streets by midnight.

“It helps us plow the roads more quickly, and it helps us plow the roads more effectively,” Fordice said.

The first DPW workers are expected to begin working at about 2 a.m. Sunday, Fordice said. The 10-member DPW will ramp up to a full force by about 4 p.m. if all goes as expected.

“We're going to try to keep things passable in the early phases and then bring in the full crew toward the end to clean it up,” Fordice said.

As always, major streets will be the first priority.

Fordice expects city streets will be plowed by Monday. But the snowstorm will be followed by temperatures falling to below zero, which could present problems.

“With the cold the salt won't work really well. Bare pavement on the roads by Monday may be unlikely,” Fordice said.

According to the National Weather Service, the snow storm is expected to cause treacherous road conditions, poor visibility and drifting.

A wind chill warning is in effect from 4 a.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Wednesday. The wind chill could fall to as low as 40 degrees below zero, according to the warning. People who expose bare skin to the cold for 10 minutes may be at risk of frostbite.


Tran Longmoore
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