Fairbury city crews bracing for possible first significant snowfall of the season

FAIRBURY – Much of southeast Nebraska could be looking at significant snowfall Thursday.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for a large part of southeast Nebraska and north central Kansas until 6 p.m. central Thursday.

That means many city crews are once again preparing to deploy plows and trucks if necessary.

In Fairbury, a snow emergency is only declared if there’s two or more inches of snow. Laura Bedlan, the assistant street superintendent of Fairbury, advises residents to do their part in keeping everyone safe during winter weather.

Fairbury’s snow emergency route.

“The biggest challenge (with snow removal) is with the traveling public,” Bedlan said. “We prepare for this every year. We take classes on it, we’ve been doing it for years. We’re ready for it. To the public, just slow down a little bit, give people plenty of space and plenty of room to move.”

Bedlan says it’s helpful if cars are moved into driveways during a snow emergency. One thing new this winter – the salt/sand mixture will not be applied on new concrete road construction. That includes the newly repaved H Street.

The downtown area is a “No Parking – Tow Away after Two Inches” until the snow is cleared. The downtown area is always cleared after business hours, due to the amount of traffic and parked cars during the day.

Fairbury, and other surrounding communities in southeast Nebraska and northern Kansas, could see anywhere from 2-3 inches of snow by Thursday evening. High winds are not expected to be a factor with this system.

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