UPDATE: Madison Plows Brace for More Snow

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 --- 2:10 p.m.

From the City of Madison Streets Division:

The Streets Division continues to work on salt routes. We have 75 units out, most on the salt routes. We do have some units sanding hills and curves on residential streets.

As we stated earlier, the evening commute will be slow. We are expecting to see snow continue to fall throughout the afternoon and into the evening. This means we are not able to get ahead of the snow. You can expect all streets to be snow covered this evening and residential streets will not have been plowed.

The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency which means we will be plowing all residential streets tonight. At this time, our forecast calls for snow to continue to accumulate up to 9 p.m. We are currently planning to begin plowing residential streets with private contractors at 10 p.m. We will keep City crews on salt routes until 11 p.m. when they will switch over to residential streets.

It will take 10 to 12 hours to complete the plowing so there will be many streets that will not be cleared in time for the morning commute. Residents should plan to leave early to get to work on time. You should also be prepared to clear snow from your driveway in places where we have plowed over night. This is wet, heavy snow so be sure to plan accordingly.
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UPDATED: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 --- 9:55 a.m.

From the City of Madison Streets Division:

At this time, the Streets Division has 72 units working on salt routes. We are doing everything we can to keep our major streets passable during the heavy snowfall. We plan to continue this effort until the snow stops.

At this time we anticipate the evening commute to be slow. It will be particularly bad on residential streets as we will not begin plowing those streets until the storm has played itself out. It is hard to predict when we will start plowing residential streets as we do not know when the snow will stop.

We anticipate declaring a snow emergency for this evening and tomorrow night. That decision will be made between 11 a.m. and Noon
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Posted Monday, March 4, 2013 --- 3:18 p.m.

From the City of Madison Streets Division:

As Wisconsin braces for yet another significant snowfall, the Streets Division will have 26 units ready to hit the streets when the snow begins tonight. we have already applied salt brine to the major streets to prevent the snow from bonding with the pavement before we can get out and about.

At midnight, we will put 32 units on the street working on our salt routes in an effort to keep our main streets and bus routes open for the morning commute. Residents should allow some extra time to get to work or school on Tuesday morning as residential streets will be snow covered. We will be evaluating the situation at 4 a.m.. to determine if extra staff is needed.

The bulk of the snow (3-10") is predicted to fall during the day on Tuesday. This will make the evening commute a real challenge. We intend to keep working on our salt routes all day on Tuesday. Extra units will be added in an effort to keep the salt routes open. As many as 75 City vehicles could be working on salt routes during the day Tuesday.

The evening commute Tuesday be slow going, especially on residential streets, which will not be plowed until later in the evening when the snowfall has stopped. We will issues new plow updates during the day on Tuesday.

We will not be declaring a snow emergency tonight. We anticipate declaring a snow emergency for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. You can sign up to get a text alert or an e-mail whenever we declare a snow emergency at www.cityofmadison.com/winter.


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