JCPD declares snow emergency

Dave Vogel, left, hands to Alan Bennett bags of ice melter as they fill yet another early morning customer's order. Both work at Pay Way Feed Store on Jefferson Street and were very busy Monday morning helping customers load their purchases.

Dave Vogel, left, hands to Alan Bennett bags of ice melter as they fill yet another early morning customer's order. Both work at Pay Way Feed Store on Jefferson Street and were very busy Monday morning helping customers load their purchases. Photo by Julie Smith.

You know it’s bad when this happens.

Monday night, the Jefferson City Police Department (JCPD) declared a snow emergency for the city.

This will be in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

During a snow emergency:

• Parking is prohibited on major roadways. On-street parking should be avoided in all areas, especially major routes.

• The Jefferson City Street Division will begin snow removal operations and will run continuously through the use of shift work until the storm has ended and bare pavement is achieved on all roadways.

• Plow drivers will concentrate on keeping the major routes open as is their standard policy when it snows. When it stops snowing or when intensity levels permit, drivers will begin working on the local streets.

• If the volume of snow is significant, some local streets may be initially cleared with only one lane open. Crews will return to widen these streets to at least a two-lane width, as time and crew availability allows. When crews return to the streets, snow will accumulate at the end of driveways. This type of accumulation is unavoidable but the amount of snow can be minimized if a property owner shovels snow to the left if they are facing their house.

For more information, visit www.jeffcitymo.org/snow or contact the Community Development Department at 634-6410 during normal business hours. For information about the city bus schedule, call 634-6477 or visit www.jeffcitymo.org/transit. UPDATE: JeffTran city buses are canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Monday wasn’t too bad for road crews since temperatures stayed around the freezing mark.

“We put a light coat of salt down Monday,” said Cole County Public Works Director Larry Benz. “The gravel roads iced up quickly, but we put out cinders on the bad spots. Our forecast shows the ice should not be too bad here.

“If we get the blizzard that they are talking about it will make it hard to get the roads cleared. If they can’t see the roads, they can’t plow so there may be times we have to pull our drivers off the roads. It just depends on the conditions.”

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