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Posted on: December 8, 2022

Be prepared for winter weather

News Flash snowfall reminders

Winter weather is here! Here are a few points from the city's snow emergencies ordinance that you should be aware of before the snow begins to fall.  

  • Keep streets clear for snow plows. Parking is not allowed on city streets at any time within 12 hours after a snowfall of 2" or more has occurred.
  • The city can remove any vehicle that obstructs the operation of snow removal equipment.
  • Although designated snow routes receive primary attention during and after snowfalls, all city streets are subject to the snow emergencies ordinance.  
  • Be patient as plow operators make their way through town in this order: main streets, side streets and courts.  If a plow passes a street without stopping, it’s because that street isn’t on their route.
  • If possible, keep snow and ice 5-feet away from fire hydrants.  In case of fire, firefighters need to be able to get to the hydrants quickly to protect people and property.
  • Consider helping neighbors who are unable to shovel snow from public sidewalks, their walkways and driveways, and check on them after the storm to make sure they are okay.
  • Remind children who are playing outside in the snow to watch out for plows and other emergency vehicles. 
  • Do not shovel snow into the street.  Shoveling snow back into the street creates dangerous conditions at the end of your driveway.  Pile snow to the right of the driveway to reduce the amount of snow that plows push into your driveway.  

snow plow image

Tips for being salt smart:

  • Before you grab the salt, sweep, shovel or scrape snow and ice off the pavement first.  
  • Use salt last.  Remember, a little goes a long way.  Scatter salt evenly, not in clumps.
  • Only put salt were it is needed.  A 12-ounce coffee mug of salt is enough for 10 sidewalk squares.
  • Sweep up extra salt after a snowstorm to use again next time.

Tips for driving in winter weather:

  • Give yourself extra time to drive safely. Drive slowly to stay in control of your vehicle.
  • Keep your distance. Stopping on ice requires a greater distance. Increase your following distance and being stopping sooner.
  • Don't use cruise control.  Tires may spin too fast on icy roads and cause you to lose control.
  • Don't crowd the plow. Give plow drivers space to clear the road. Never pass a plow.
  • Stay home during snow storms, if possible.
  • Keep a winter emergency kit in your trunk. Include items like a blanket, jumper cables, and a small shovel. 

Source: Be Salt Smart

Read the full snow emergencies ordinance
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