Shortly before 9 a.m., Mr. Maiworm gave the following information:
“The lake effect snow threat fulfilled its promise. Overnight 4 inches of snow fell in in about two hours. From 4 a.m. until about 6 a.m., snowfall rates were estimated to be about 2 inches per hour. Although Public Works had additional crews on hand to clear the snow overnight rapid snowfall rates and timing close to rush hour is causing slippery traveling this morning.
“For the rest of today we expect periods of snow showers until about 10 a.m. with 1/2” additional accumulation possible and then the lake effect should tapper off to flurries until about 2 p.m. The skies should clear, and we may even see some sun.
“Public Works has numerous extra crews on the streets today. Our focus will be to clear all roads by rush hour this evening. Crews will be working residential streets as well as main roads through out the City. Additional crews are working on City maintained parking lots and sidewalks.
“Later this week temperatures are expected to rise with the chance of rain on Friday with temperatures close to 50.
“Parking restrictions may be needed over night to assist in the cleanup. Final determination will be made later today regarding any parking restrictions.”
Public schools will be open, according to information from City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, who said he had been in touch with the superintendents of both Districts 65 and District 202.
Street-cleaning operations have been suspended for today, and residents should heed snow-parking regulations.