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Wed February 27, 2013
Update on snow and services from the city
In a press release sent out this morning, the city says that travel conditions are improving and that road crews made good progress this morning.
That said, the roads are still slick with slush and water, so it's still not as safe as it could be. If we drop below freezing tonight (a likely event) then the roads could refreeze, making them particularly dangerous to drive on.
This afternoon, the National Weather Service predicts one to two more inches of snow, and then flurries through Friday.
Remember to check out the city's useful plow map to see if your street is a red or blue street. If that's the case, the city will plow those streets first. Light overnight snowfall means the city has had to replow a lot of the priority streets it plowed yesterday. If you need a residential street that's not marked out on a map, don't wait up.
The city asks that you park your cars off of the road so that the crews can plow more efficiently. Also, when you shovel your snow, throw it to the right of your driveway. Otherwise a plow might push that snow back into your walkway.
The city says that most county roads have been plowed but not "shoulder to shoulder." 70% of gravel roads have been graded.
City of Columbia electricity is fully operational.
There are still close to 6000 Boone Electric customers without power. The situation is definitely improving, which you can see in this outage history map. The worst seems to be behind us.
Columbia Transit is on a "limited" schedule all day today. Trash and recycling pick up is resuming today. City offices and courts are open today.