The salt trucks in the City of Hazelwood were out in full effect Wednesday evening preparing city road for what could prove to be an ugly bought of snow, ice and sleet.
Paul Williams, Hazelwood’s public works superintendent told Patch for a previous article, the city keeps around 3,000 tons of salt in its bins. Seven dump trucks are equipped with salt spreaders and plows, along with four pickup trucks and a road grader, will help remove snow if needed, Williams said.
Thursday's forecast calls for a mixture of freezing rain and sleet, a predicts 1-6 inches of accumulative snow for the area. This has put the city on a high weather alert and at the first sign of snow, Hazelwood's emergency snow routes will be in effect, said Hazelwood's communication coordinator Tim Davidson.
Most area schools have already closed for tomorrow in anticipation of the snow: Track School Closings in North St. Louis County here.
The city prefers for people to not park cars on streets designated emergency routes because they are designated this so police, fire and ambulance vehicles can get through in response to emergency 911 calls easily.
City workers generally focus on streets established as snow routes while snow is falling, then once the snowfall slows down, Williams said crews play catch-up on the side streets in the residential neighborhoods.
“Any street that has a snow route sign on it has been designated a snow route,” Williams said. “With the prediction of 4 inches or more, that’s when that road will have first priority.”
Click here to see a complete list of Hazelwood's emergency snow routes. The routes are designated with blue street signs that read: Emergency Snow Route Tow Away Zone.