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Prescott street crews mobilize for expected one-two punch of snow events

Robinson Drive in Prescott pictured just after city crews came by to clear the road. (Sue Tone/Courier)

Robinson Drive in Prescott pictured just after city crews came by to clear the road. (Sue Tone/Courier)

Even as the City of Prescott’s street crews were “mopping up” after the Sunday night/Monday morning snowfall, they were looking ahead to another even larger snow event later this week.

Interim Street Superintendent Brian Scott reported Monday afternoon, Feb. 18, that a full contingent of workers and snowplows had been out on the streets late Sunday, and throughout the day on Monday.

Beginning at about noon Sunday, the street division was gearing up for the expected snow, Scott said, adding, “We had a full crew with a minimum of 12 operators, and for a time, we had 14 plows on the roads.”

Scott noted that the city has a total of 12 full-time snowplows available, with an additional two back-up plows. From about 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday, he said all 14 plows were at work on the city streets.

By about 2 p.m. Monday, Scott said street conditions had improved to the point where crews were “doing mop-up.”

By that time, he said, crews were “moving into the residential (streets) and minor collectors.”

While unofficial reports had the Sunday/Monday snowfall at about 3 to 4 inches, Scott said another storm forecast for Wednesday is expected to be a significantly larger event.

Street crews will mobilize and be on standby again Tuesday morning to deal with an expected new snowfall that could total anywhere from 12 to 16 inches over several days, Scott said.

Prescott Community Outreach Manager John Heiney noted that the city posts regular updates on its Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/cityofprescott/.

Monday morning, the city’s update urged drivers to be careful on the roads and to stay home if possible.

“Please drive with extreme caution as winter driving conditions are expected to continue through Tuesday,” the notice stated. “If you must travel today, please allow plenty of extra time to get to your destination.”

Along with the impacts to city streets, Heiney reported that the Sunday/Monday snowfall had also caused the cancelation of United Express’ daily flight to and Denver, as well as the return flight. He said the decision to cancel was made by the airline.

Follow Cindy Barks on Twitter @Cindy_Barks. Reach her at 928-445-3333, ext. 2034, or cbarks@prescottaz.com.

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