Madison: No Snow Emergency, But Residential Streets Will Be Plowed

UPDATED Friday, February 22, 2013 --- 11:48 a.m.

Message from Chris Kelley, Madison Streets Superintendent:

As of 11:30 am, we have close to 2" to 2 1/2" of snow on the ground. The worst portion of the storm appears to be over. Our newest forecast is calling for maybe another 1/2" or so throughout the rest of the day. With the pavement temperature above freezing, the snow that does fall for the rest of the day should be light and hopefully will melt as it falls on the main streets.

We will not be calling in private contractors for this, but we will be sending most City vehicles with plows out on residential streets starting at 3pm today. We hope to have all residential streets plowed by 3am on Saturday. Plows working on residential streets will apply sand to curves, hills, and intersections.

We want to get the snow off the pavement on the residential streets as soon as possible so that there will be less ice formed from traffic driving on the untreated residential streets and compacting the snow into ice.

We will not declare a Snow Emergency as a result of this storm.


UPDATED Friday, February 22, 2013 -- 5:48 a.m.

Message from Chris Kelley, Madison Streets Superintendent:

Salting crews have been out since the snow began last evening. Crews have been salting and plowing our main arterials and salt routes throughout the overnight hours. We will continue to salt and plow the main arterials throughout the day today. We did add 30 more trucks at 5am to keep the main streets open.

We are expecting a slow commute this morning as the snow continues to fall. While the salt has been applied and the plows are out, the streets will remain snow covered and slippery until the snow comes to an end later today.

We will closely monitor the snowfall accumulation throughout the day today to see if it approaches the 3' level, which would then generate a full scale, citywide plowing of all city streets.


Posted Thursday, February 21, 2013 ---- 2:04 p.m.

Press Release from the City of Madison: Streets Division:

We are expecting a total accumulation of snow of around 3"- 6" in the Madison area from the storm forecast to start around 9pm tonight.

Streets crews will be dispatched as soon as the snow begins and we will be salting and plowing the main arterials, main connector streets, Madison Metro Bus routes and areas around the hospitals throughout the duration of the storm. We will also have a couple of trucks dedicated to sand to help with immediate slippery conditions. The Streets Division will have 30 trucks working when the storm starts. We will add 30 more trucks at 6am if needed to keep the main streets open.

Remember that we must first reach 3" of accumulation and the storm must be either over or just about completed before we start the residential plowing operations.

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