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Annapolis Prepares for Winter Storm

Annapolis, MD ( 1-20-14) Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides announced that the Office of Emergency  Preparedness & Risk Management (EPARM) is monitoring a winter storm that  may bring 4 to 6 inches of snow to the City of Annapolis on Tuesday.   If the storm slows down, there is a possibility Annapolis could see additional snow.

The National Weather  Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on  Tuesday.  

Meantime, Public Works is preparing vehicles and outside contractors are also available if needed to help clear the 276 miles of paved lanes. The City has an ample supply of salt on hand.

Weather Forecast:
Tonight:  The low temperature is 28  degrees.  Winds will be  from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
 
Tuesday:  The high temperature is 28  degrees.  The heaviest  snowfall will be from late morning through the afternoon.  Temperatures will drop into the  teens with wind chills in the single digits overnight.  Winds will be 10 to 15 mph with  gusts at 25 mph in the afternoon and evening.

Vehicles parked on roadways are one of the biggest challenges for our snow crews. Please park your cars in driveways and off public streets so plows can clear as much snow as possible.      
   
City Snow Plan:
PHASE I / LEVEL I (1" to 4" Snow fall) - Requires all vehicles on emergency snow routes to be equipped with all-season radials, snow tires or chains. We expect to make the emergency snow routes passable within 12 hours of the end of the snow fall, snow connector routes will be made passable within 24 hours of the end of the snow fall, and all other routes will be made passable within 36 hours of the end of the snow fall.
PHASE II / LEVEL II (5" to 8" Snow fall) - Vehicular parking is banned on emergency snow routes; in advance of a Snow Emergency, residents will be directed to move their vehicles off Snow Emergency Routes to avoid towing and impound. We expect to make emergency snow routes passable within 24 hours of the end of the snow fall; Snow Connector Routes will be made passable within 36 hours of the end of the snow fall; all other routes will be made passable within 60 hours of the end of the snow fall.
PHASE III / LEVEL III (9" to 14" Snow fall) - ALL vehicles will be prohibited from operating on any street within the corporate limits of Annapolis except snow equipment, emergency vehicles or others authorized by the Mayor. All previous restrictions prevail. Snow Emergency Routes will be made passable within 96 hours of the end of the snow fall, Snow Connector Routes will be made passable within 120 hours of the end of the snow fall, all other routes will be made passable within 144 hours of the end of the snow fall.
Due to the cold temperatures and snow, water main breaks may occur. If you see large volumes of water flowing or bubbling down the street, it could be a water main break and should be reported immediately 410-263-7970 from 8:30 - 4:30 or after hours and weekends at 410-224-2140.

Preparing for a Snow Event:
• Purchase water, non-perishable food and pet food.
• Fill vehicles with gasoline.
• Keep a blanket, water, food, sand and shovel in your car.
• Charge cellular telephones.
• Keep a snow blower or snow shovel handy, and make sure there is gasoline in the snow blower.
• Purchase emergency generators and firewood.

To learn more  about the City Snow Plan, go to http://bit.ly/1ffBAcW