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

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

At the 7 p.m. shift change, 47 crews hit primary road with plows. Crews have been instructed to clear these routes to make them as safe for travel as possible, salting as necessary. Once snowfall has subsided, crews will be better able to utilize salt  to melt remaining accumulation.

Because of the amount and timing of the snowfall, crews will likely not be able to clear residential streets before the overnight drop in temperatures.  When this happens, the clean up of residential neighborhoods takes much longer than would otherwise be possible.

Crews are going to do everything they can to minimize a lengthy cleanup of residential streets. However, we want citizens to be aware of what we are facing and understand how frustrating it is. Please be patient as we work as quickly as we can.

Road conditions are very slick tonight. As fresh snow continues fall, hills and elevated surfaces are especially treacherous.  If you have to be out driving this evening, please be careful and take your time. It is also likely that roads will continue to be very slick tomorrow morning with extreme cold overnight temperatures forecasted.

The National Weather Service Forecast

Tonight: Snow...mainly this evening. Total snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches. Lows 10 to 15. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 100 percent. Wind chill as low as zero after midnight.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chill as low as 5 below in the morning.

Saturday Night: Cloudy. Snow likely...mainly after midnight. Total snow accumulation around an inch possible. Lows around 20. Southwest winds around 5 mph. Chance of snow 60 percent.

Winter Operations Facts

  • Crews started the day with approximately 4,000 tons of salt on hand. Additional salt supplies have been ordered.
  • Crews  pretreated streets with a brine mixture as 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.