City of Madison departments preparing for another big storm

MADISON (WKOW) — Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says city officials across departments are preparing for what could be the third-worst winter storm the city has faced since 1990.

At a news conference Sunday afternoon, the mayor was joined by leaders from the streets, police, fire, Metro and engineering departments.

A snow emergency has been declared in the city. Mayor Soglin is strongly urging people to get their cars off the streets, as plow drivers prepare to clear up to a foot of snow from downtown streets. You can park for free in city parking ramps from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Click here for details of the snow emergency rules.

City leader anticipate some city offices will be closed Monday, depending on conditions. Monitor the city’s website for the latest on closures.

The streets division expects to be plowing citywide by Monday morning, but officials won’t be able to make that decision until they see how much snow falls Sunday night.

Crews will not collect trash or recycling at homes scheduled for pickup Monday, to get more plow drivers out on the roads. Large item collection will also be suspended this week.

City leaders expect even with plowing, roads will be snow-covered and it will be a messy Monday morning commute. Salt will not be an option, with bitter cold temperatures expected all week.

Police and fire crews will monitor conditions to keep workers safe and equipment running, as the city prepares for historic cold. There will be additional ambulance crews, but police say their response time to emergencies could be slower because of conditions.

Some school closings in the area have already started coming in on Sunday afternoon. Monitor our closings page throughout the night and into Monday morning.

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