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Mar 18

What to Expect from the Next Winter Storm

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 12:58 PM by Vivienne Uccello

(MANHATTAN, KS – February 19, 2019) The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Manhattan area in effect from 3:00 p.m. Tuesday to 9:00 a.m. Wednesday. 3-5 inches of snow and around 1/10 inch of ice accumulation is possible. Expect slick roads and hazardous driving conditions.

City of Manhattan Public Works Crews will deploy 14 vehicles using salt and calcium chloride once snowfall begins. It is estimated that pavement temps will drop below freezing in the first hour which means snow accumulation will begin early in the storm. This could affect pick up of kids from school this afternoon, especially is snowfall begins earlier than forecast. We ask motorists to obey all 20 mph school zones, please take your time and double your stopping distance on the slick roads.

Snow is expected to continue overnight, which means that residential streets will NOT be plowed when residents leave for work Wednesday morning. If we receive greater than 5 inches, residents can expect a large windrow of snow in front of their driveways and sidewalk curb ramps in the morning.

If possible, residents are asked to park vehicles in private driveways or garages, not in streets or culs-du-sac, to allow plows access for more efficient and effective plowing. 

The first plow crew will focus on plowing and treating the primary routes in town. Shift change will happen at 8:00 PM and the second crew will continue that work overnight. Salt levels are still adequate for the City of Manhattan for this upcoming event and we do not anticipate any shortages.

Updated road condition information including links to traffic camera images in Manhattan is available on the City of Manhattan website at 
map of snow accumulation area