Columbia to practice snow removal on Winter Weather Awareness Day

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 | 4:15 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Motorists are being asked to be on the lookout Wednesday for city snowplows.

Residents are asked to use caution and give the snowplows extra room on the roads from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. across the city. The Columbia Public Works Department will conduct its annual practice run for snow removal.

For the past two weeks, fleet maintenance and street crews have been preparing the equipment used to treat and clear the city's streets, according to a Columbia Public Works Department notice.

The purpose of the practice run is for crews to become familiar with the areas they are assigned, to identify potential issues associated with snow removal and to test equipment, according to the notice.

Before the first snow, residents are encouraged to prepare their vehicles for winter driving conditions and think about alternate commuting routes.

In October, the Columbia City Council passed an ordinance that would prohibit parking on signed snow routes when the forecast calls for 2 or more inches of snow. 

"Last winter was pretty mild across Missouri and, unfortunately, people tend to have a short memory when it comes to weather hazards," according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

Reminders of the blizzard of 2011 and information about winter weather safety can be found on the website for the weather service in St. Louis.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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