With a second winter storm warning from the National Weather Service and reports of heavy snow possible Tuesday the City of Leavenworth is preparing for another snow emergency.
Forecasters predict this storm will drop about 9 to 12 inches of snow on the area at night, and possibly more in the morning. Because of this, city snow plows will begin working around midnight.
Cars parked along emergency snow routes should be moved Monday so that that the snow plowing will be effective.
City Manager Scott Miller reminds residents that when a snow emergency is declared, the city can have vehicles towed at the owner’s expense if the vehicle is parked along a route marked “emergency snow route.” Vehicles also risk being plowed in with several feet of snow when they park alongside the street rather than in driveways.
Miller said once the city declares a snow emergency, vehicle owners may have little time to remove their vehicles from snow routes before city crews must clear the roads. A map of the snow routes, in addition to a map of the grids crews use for clearing snow, can be found online at http://www.lvks.org/department/division.asp?fDD=11-102.
The National Weather Service is predicting the heaviest snowfall during the evening after midnight Tuesday. Crews will begin at 7 p.m. and work 12-hour shifts. Once snowfall begins, city crews will work to clear emergency snow routes. Contract crews will work to clear residential routes.
Public Works Director Mike McDonald said even with all crews working 12-hour shifts, it could still take time to clear the roads safely.
Typically, non-emergency routes in residential areas will get two passes with the snow plows, one going in each direction.
McDonald said crews can begin treating icy roads once the snowfall has been completed.
City trash collection will be delayed. Those who normally receive trash
collection Tuesday will have trash collection Wednesday. Wednesday trash collection will be moved to Thursday and Thursday’s trash collection will move to Friday.
Leavenworth City Hall will close Tuesday to all but non-essential personnel. Other closures for Tuesday include the Riverfront Community Center.
Snow removal from downtown streets is expected to begin Wednesday evening.
For more information, visit the city’s website, lvks.org, or our Facebook page, “City of Leavenworth-Government,” or the Police Department Facebook page, “Leavenworth Police Department.”