UPDATE: City of Madison Declares Snow Emergency

UPDATED Wednesday, December 22, 2010 --- 2:00 p.m.

From the City of Madison:

Snow Emergency Continues Park On The Odd Side Tonight

A snow emergency remains in effect for the entire City of Madison until 7 a.m. Thursday December 23rd. Residents are asked to keep their vehicles off the street today and tonight if possible. If you must park on the street this evening you should park on the ODD house numbered side of the street. Details on winter parking restrictions are available at www.cityofmadison.com/winter. Violations of the alternate side parking restrictions during a snow emergency are punishable by a $60 fine.

Parking is available in the cashiered sections of city-owned ramps in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City ramps from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. If you enter before 9 p.m. or leave after 7 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9 p.m. and from 7 a.m. until the time you leave.

When parking in the ramps overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored in city ramps longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in lots and ramps are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

Parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of W. Washington AV. Residents can sign up to receive text and/or email alerts whenever a snow emergency is declared at the city's web site www.cityofmadison.com/winter. You will also get storm and plowing updates at the site or by calling 261-9111.

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 20, 2010 --- 7:35 a.m.

From the City of Madison:

The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency. That means that alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect throughout the entire City of Madison including the downtown/isthmus snow emergency zone.

Madison residents are asked to remove all vehicles from the street if possible. Residents who must park on the street this evening should park on the EVEN house numbered side of the street. Vehicles parked on the street Wednesday evening December22nd should be parked on the ODD house numbered side of the street. Violations of the alternate side parking rules are punishable by a fine of $60 throughout the entire City of Madison. Violators could also be towed.

The Snow Emergency will remain in effect until at least 7 a.m. on Thursday December 23rd.

Parking is available in the cashiered sections of city-owned ramps in the downtown area. During a declared Snow Emergency you can park for no charge at the City ramps from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. If you enter before 9 p.m. or leave after 7 a.m. you are liable for any parking charges before 9 p.m. and from 7 a.m. until the time you leave.

When parking in the ramps overnight, do not park on the top level so this area can be plowed. Be aware that vehicles stored in city ramps longer than 48 hours are subject to being ticketed and towed. Meters in lots and ramps are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

Parking is also available at the Brittingham Park Shelter parking lot off of W. Washington AV.

Madison residents can get complete snow emergency information at www.cityofmadison.com/winter or by calling 261-9111.

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SNOW PLOWING UPDATES
by Alan Schumacher, Streets Superintendent
posted December 21, 2010 5:46 AM

We received 3.1" of snow during the afternoon and into last night. Freezing rain and freezing drizzle then fell during the overnight hours leaving a light ice crust on the residential streets that have not been plowed or treated yet and a filmy snow residue on the main streets and salt routes.

We expect the morning commute to be okay but not perfect as the main arterials and salt routes have been salted and plowed throughout the storm and during the early overnight hours. As stated before, a slight film of icy slush does remain on the main streets but that will melt away as the salt continues to work and the temperatures climb to about 35 degrees today.

We began the process of plowing all residential streets with about 175 pieces of equipment this morning at 5:00 am. We purposely waited to begin the plowing process until after the majority of the freezing rain and freezing drizzle had fallen and the temperatures reached closer to the freezing mark. Since we only received 3.1" of snow, we felt that people could certainly travel through the unplowed residential streets without many problems and we did not want to plow the residential streets and then have the freezing rain and drizzle fall on plowed and untreated streets causing icy and dangerous conditions. We wanted the freezing rain and drizzle to fall on streets that had snow on them so that the snow could absorb the ice and the ice would not be on the plowed pavement. We expect all streets in Madison to be plowed by early to mid afternoon.

A Snow Emergency will be declared for the City for both tonight, Tuesday, December 21 and tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 22. All people who must park on the street, including those in the downtown, Isthmus Snow Emergency Zone must abide by alternate side parking restrictions for the next two nights, from 1:00 am to 7:00 am. For more information, check out our winter weather website at www.cityofmadison.com/winter.

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UPDATED Monday, Dec., 20 9:49 PM
by Tim Elliott

The snowstorm is causing some problems on the roadways but city workers are hitting the streets clearing the way for your morning commute. They're out right now salting and plowing the roads.

This storm isn't supposed to be as intense as the last blizzard we had but you should still be extremely cautious and careful if you need to get behind the wheel.

City of Madison salt trucks are getting their fill.

“When the snow is heavy, it's tough,” said Madison snow plow driver Mat Scamadaro.

Crews will be busy all night and into Tuesday morning plowing Madison's 30 main routes.

“We have 16 on the west side and 14 east. The roads are going to be snow covered in the morning,” said Troy Clifcorn with the Madison Streets Department.

Residential neighborhoods will only be plowed if we get three or more inches of snow.

This truck fell victim to the terrible driving conditions and slid off the Beltline

“There's always going to be slick spots but people need to slow down and take it easy when it's snow like this,” said Scamardo.

This is Scamardo's fourth year as a snow plow driver.

“The snow is great!”

He says when traffic gets hectic, his job gets tough.

“The snow can get blinding after a long long shift. We do what we can, but the traffic, especially coming during rush hour, it gets kinda tough everybody has a place to be,”

City workers say make sure you take your time on the roads on Tuesday morning.

“Its snow covered but it's sloppy underneath so the plows are able to scape it off,”

Forecasters are calling for temperatures a little above freezing Tuesday and we may even get some rain.

Madison superintendent of streets Al Schumacher says that will definitely play to their advantage to keep the roads clear.

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SNOW PLOWING UPDATES
by Alan Schumacher, Streets Superintendent
posted December 20, 2010 8:01 AM

The next winter storm is approaching and from all appearances will make both the afternoon drive home today and the morning drive to work on Tuesday much slower. Snow and freezing drizzle are expected from this storm with snow beginning and then mixing with freezing drizzle during the overnight hours before ending as a little plain drizzle when temperatures climb above freezing on Tuesday.

Snow is predicted to start falling this afternoon just prior to 4:00 pm and will continue during the overnight hours before mixing with some freezing drizzle and then drizzle Tuesday morning. Our current forecast is calling for about 2" of total accumulation in Madison.

Crews will be out this morning and early afternoon performing anti-icing on our main arterials in advance of the afternoon snowfall. We will then have 30 salt routes and a couple of sanders on duty to plow and salt our salt routes once the snow begins to fall this afternoon. We will drop down to 26 salt trucks and 2 sanders during the overnight hours.

At this time, we are not planning to plow all residential streets when this storm is over, as total accumulations are not expected to reach the 3" level. We will be carefully watching the snowfall totals to see if they do approach the 3" totals, which would then mean we would then plow all residential streets.

Remember to drive carefully, leave yourself extra time to get to your destination and brake early, especially at intersections and at turn lanes.


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