Snow Emergency Tuesday night

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

City staff began putting together the details of a snow emergency Monday night at the Spencer City Council meeting, in anticipation of a winter storm in the area for Tuesday into Wednesday.

"The equipment is ready, the sanders are full and the plows are on and fueled and ready for weather," said Spencer Public Works Director Mark White.

By 10 p.m. Tuesday night, residents must have all vehicles off city streets to allow for curbside-to-curbside plowing. Cars left on the street run the risk receiving a $100 ticket. The vehicle may also be towed.

"By ordinance, we only have to give a four-hour notice, but we always try to give the citizens as long as we can to get their vehicles moved," White said. "We plan on enacting the snow emergency tomorrow (Tuesday)."

The region is under a winter storm warning and snow was likely before 9 a.m., Tuesday. Snow and widespread blowing snow was expected to follow, according to a 9 p.m. National Weather Service outlook. The snow is expected to continue into Tuesday night.

About 7 inches of snow could be on the ground by the end of the night, when north northwest wind of between 22 and 26 mph picks up. Gusts as high as 37 mph were possible.

White said the public works department is in the process of updating emergency routes within the city.

"When we pull the plows in because of really bad weather, there's certain routes that we run continually to try to maintain service to the town -- by the fire station, by the police station and nursing homes," he said.

Spencer Planning Director Kirby Schmidt used the forum of a council meeting to remind downtown business owners they have 12 hours to remove snow from the sidewalk in front of their buildings. Residents have 24 hours to clear their sidewalks.

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