A winter storm that moved through Lincoln Thursday morning has dropped 4 inches of snow instead of the 1 to 2 inches originally forecasted. As a result, Mayor Chris Beutler has declared a snow emergency and parking ban which is in effect on both sides of emergency snow routes, arterial streets, bus and school routes until further notice.
Following overnight plowing and material spreading operations on all emergency snow routes, arterial streets, school and bus routes, crews began residential plowing at 8:30 a.m. today. A residential parking ban is not in effect at this time, but residents are encouraged to park vehicles off the street for more efficient snow removal. Residential operations are expected to be completed over the next 24 hours. The City subscribes to various weather forecasting services, using different meteorological models to help predict inclement weather conditions as accurately as possible and determine the best treatment strategies and staffing to support each storm. At 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, those services showed heightened chances for increased snowfall, which gave the City time to dispatch additional contractors and call in more crews for a more intensive snow removal operation. By 6 a.m., more than 60 City and contractor crews had already plowed and treated approximately 1,200 lane miles of major streets.
Currently, more than 75 City and contractor crews are plowing emergency snow routes, arterial streets, school and bus routes and residential streets. Major streets have responded well to last night's treatment and are mostly wet with limited slush. Residential streets are snow-covered. Drivers should be alert for slick areas due to continuing snowfall, snow pack and the potential of freezing rain throughout the day. Leave yourself plenty of time to reach your destinations and increase following and stopping distance. A National Weather Service Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. tonight.
The City has approximately 96,000 gallons of de-icing brine and 500 tons of salt on hand. Salt supply contracts are in place through the remaining snow season and the City continues to receive regular deliveries of salt.
"The City appreciates the dedication and hard work of all our winter operations staff who continue working overtime to fight the unprecedented levels of snowfall and low temperatures this winter season. Crews from the Parks and Recreation Department, as well as Utility Operations have been a tremendous help in clearing snow and ice with the Street Maintenance Operations team," said Miki Esposito, Director of Lincoln Transportation and Utilities. "We especially appreciate the collaborative relationship we have with Lincoln Public Schools. Canceling classes today undoubtedly assisted in reducing traffic conflicts and congestion during the morning commute."
Please stay informed on the status of snow operations in Lincoln. Additional information is available on the City website at snow.lincoln.ne.gov. If you have questions, you may call the Transportation and Utilities Snow Center at 402-441-7644.