After a day of beautiful fall weather today, a winter storm is expected to move into the area tomorrow morning. Forecasters are anticipating 6-9 inches of snow to fall with wind gusts as high as 40 miles-per-hour placing Norfolk in a Winter Storm Warning beginning at 6 a.m. tomorrow. The City of Norfolk is beginning to prepare for the upcoming storm and is encouraging citizens to make preparations now as well. Here is what you can do:
1. Start monitoring the weather conditions and forecasts now from your preferred outlet
a. Change travel plans now if you think they may be impacted by the storm
2. Check road conditions
a. Call 511, visit www.511.nebraska.gov, or download the Nebraska 511 app to check on road conditions
b. Choose a different route or adjust travel plans if road conditions are poor
3. Ready your vehicle
a. Check your battery, wipers, coolant, and other systems affected by cold temperature
b. Make sure your tires have good tread
c. Clear snow, ice, or dirt from your windows, lights, and camera
4. Stock up on groceries and gas now while the weather is still nice
5. Pack an Emergency Supply Kit
a. Stock your vehicle with a mobile phone charger, batteries, blankets, flashlight, first aid kit, high-calorie, non-perishable food, candle to melt snow for drinking water, sack of sand or cat litter for traction, shovel, scraper, and battery booster cables
The City will be entering in to a snow emergency due to the upcoming snow. During a snow emergency, no parking is allowed on cul-de-sacs or on emergency routes. On residential streets, parking is allowed only on the even side of the street; however, it is strongly encouraged that citizens park off of the street if possible. This allows for more efficient snow removal by City crews.
In a snow emergency, citations will be issued to those who have their vehicles parked on the odd side of the street and on cul-de-sacs. A full description of emergency snow routes can be found on our website and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.Residents can call the City Snow Number at 402-844-2299 to know when a snow emergency is in effect or not and can sign up for Norfolk Emergency Text Alerts at https://norfolkne.gov/pay-and-apply/sign-up-for/emergency-alerts.html or by texting norfolkalerts to the number 81257, to receive all emergency text alerts from the City of Norfolk.
The wintery weather is expected to stick around for the Thanksgiving holiday as well. Forecasters are predicting snow, and rain/snow mixes to continue throughout the end of the week. Continue to monitor weather forecasts and road conditions and plan your travel accordingly if you plan to be on the road for the holiday.
For more information about Snow Emergencies, Snow Maps and the Sequence of Residential Plowing, visit our website at https://norfolkne.gov/government/departments/street-division/snow-removal-sanding.html