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Streets department prepares for weekend snow


MADISON (WKOW) -- With the first significant snowfall this weekend, Madison City Streets Superintendent Al Schumacher wants to remind residents to abide by the winter parking rules.

Folks who live outside the downtown Isthmus area are reminded they must abide by alternate side parking regulations every night from November 15th through March 15th. If you must park your car in the street, make sure you park on the side of the street that it will be when you wake up in the morning. The alternate side parking restrictions are in effect from 1:00 a.m. until 7:00 a.m. For example, if it's December 2, you should park on the odd side of the street at night since it will become December 3 when the parking restrictions are in effect.

For those of you who live in the Snow Emergency Zone, which is the downtown Isthmus area, please keep informed about the weather and if there is a Snow Emergency declaration. When there is a Snow Emergency declared, the entire city, including the Isthmus, is under the alternate side parking regulations. 

Snow is expected to begin late on Friday evening and last into Saturday afternoon. A total of between 4"-6" is expected in the Madison area.

In anticipation of the expected storm, Schumacher says they'll be anti-icing the main arterials Thursday and into Friday. This means that we will be applying some streams of liquid salt brine onto the pavement that will quickly dry. Once the snow begins to fall, the dried salt should quickly interact with the falling snow and begin the melting process and prevent the snow from bonding to the pavement.

Once the snow begins to fall, our 30 salt trucks will be dispatched and continue to plow and salt the salt routes until the snow is over or almost over. If accumulations reach the 3" level, they will then plow all Madison city streets, which requires about 175 piece of equipment to plow the 766 miles of City streets.

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