Snow emergency declared for Lincoln

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The Mayor has declared a snow emergency for the City of Lincoln, which will go into effect at 8 p.m. That means parking is banned on both sides of all emergency snow routes, bus and school routes and other major arterial streets.

The city says more than 65 crews continue to plow those major streets and also apply granular salt pre-wet with brine. Crews expect to begin plowing residential streets this evening. Residential parking bans are not in effect at this time, but the City does ask residents to remove their cars from the streets to allow crews to do a more efficient and effective job.

Crews are also plowing in downtown Lincoln, and those headed downtown are encouraged to park in City garages instead of on the street.

The Lincoln Police Department reports 33 accidents since midnight. StarTran buses are running about 20 minutes off schedule.

Be on alert for slick spots, especially on untreated streets and sidewalks, as overnight lows will cause surface freezing. Slow down and allow yourself extra travel time and stopping distance. The city also reminds drivers to give crews plenty of room to work.

Again, a snow emergency parking ban is in effect for the City, but residential parking bans are not in effect at this time.

The city also reminds residents that it is illegal to push or blow snow into or on any street, alley or sidewalk, and violators are subject to a fine.

Please stay informed on the status of snow operations in Lincoln. Additional information is available on the City website at snow.lincoln.ne.gov. If you have questions, you may call the Public Works Snow Center at 402-441-7644.