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Alexandria Urges Preparedness For Winter Weather - Source Patch

Posted on Dec 05,2018
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By Emily Leayman

As winter rolls around and chances of snowstorms become more likely, the City of Alexandria is urging residents to be ready. We got a trial run when the first snowfall took us by surprise in mid-November. The next potential storm could come Sunday night, but it's too early for forecasters to determine the storm's track.

City staff are in the midst of months of planning, preparation and training for the winter weather season. At the same time, it doesn't hurt for residents to have a refresher on their responsibilities and resources available during winter storms.

Here are some answers to commonly-asked questions about winter weather in Alexandria:

1. What is the city responsible for clearing during winter storms?
City crews clear snow from more than 560 lane miles of roadway, 20 miles of City-owned walkways and trails, and 44 acres of municipal parking lots or City-owned squares.

2. Does the response vary by precipitation type and accumulation?

Yes, the city classifies storms by precipitation type and accumulation from Level 1 (least severe) to Level 3 (most severe). Here's an explanation of each and how the city responds:

Level 1: Up to eight inches of snow or winter weather conditions

City snow removal crews will work first to make snow-covered roads and sidewalks passable and ensure schools are accessible. Roadways and/or sidewalks may not be completely clear for three days.

Level 2: More than eight inches of snow, freezing rain with ice accumulation, or a combination of ice and snow

City snow removal crews will work first to make snow covered roads passable for emergency and public utility vehicles and aim at bringing road conditions to Level 1. Crews will then return to make roads passable, plowing them clear within five days following the storm. Weather conditions may delay available resources and response times. Drivers are advised to limit their travel to emergency trips, as road conditions are considered hazardous.

Level 3: Significant snow accumulations, ice, or blizzard conditions.

Roads are closed to non-emergency vehicles. Roads will be made passable for emergency vehicles only, and snow removal operations will continue around the clock with the goal of bringing roadway conditions to Level 2

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