Snow Update, Feb. 25, 3:00 p.m.(Sent: 2013-02-25 15:16:32)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 25, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Megan Gilliland, communications manager, (785) 832-3406
Snow Update, Feb. 25, 3:00 p.m.
(Lawrence, Kan.) - City of Lawrence Street Maintenance crews have been working since Wednesday, February 20 on snow operations. Snow clean-up from last week's storm was completed on Saturday and then crews immediately turned around and started preparing for a snow storm expected to impact Lawrence this evening.
Flurries are expected this afternoon and into the evening with heavier snow expected around 8 p.m. tonight. Snowfall is expected to continue for the next 24 hours with the heaviest accumulations between 3:00 and 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26. Snow is expected to continue through the day on Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday. Forecasting models are showing anywhere from 9-to-15-inches as possible accumulations over the next 24 hours. Gusty winds, up to 35 MPH, are expected and will cause near white-out conditions during the heaviest portions of the storm. Gusty winds will cause an issue with drifting snow on roadways.
Crews have been out since early Monday morning pre-treating roadways in addition to treatments that were done over the past four days. As with any storm, travel is not advised unless absolutely necessary.
"If you can stay off the roads during this storm, this is incredibly beneficial to our ability to plow and clear roads during and after the snowfall," said Mark Thiel, assistant director of Public Works.
Due to the expected duration of the snowfall, clean-up is anticipated to last into Thursday. During the actual snow fall, crews will work to keep main roadways open and assist with emergency response calls. Once the snow stops falling, crews will shift attention to neighborhood plowing and clean-up.
The city's snow operations page is www.lawrenceks.org/snow.
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