Fairbury street crews preparing for weekend snow

FAIRBURY, NE – A large swath of southeast Nebraska could be looking at significant snowfall this weekend.

That means city crews around the area are 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.

The latest forecasts Friday show the Fairbury-Beatrice area receiving anywhere from 4-7 inches of snow by Saturday noontime.

Assistant street superintendent of Fairbury Laura Bedlan advises residents to not park in the downtown area during a snow emergency.

Fairbury’s snow emergency route (click to enlarge).

“The biggest challenge (during winter weather) is with the traveling public,” Bedlan said. “We prepare for this every year, and we’re ready for it. The public should just slow down a little bit, give everyone plenty of space and plenty of room to move.”

Any car left parked in Fairbury’s downtown district during a snow emergency will be towed.

It’s also recommended that Fairbury residents who live along snow emergency routes should keep their cars off the streets until they are cleared.

Bedlan also advises anyone who wishes to receive call or text alerts about winter weather (reverse 911 alerts) should either contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, or John McKee with Jefferson County Emergency Management.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for a large portion of southeast Nebraska until noon Saturday. Snow is expected to begin sometime late Friday night. There’s also widespread freezing fog expected Friday night as well.

North winds will pick up on Saturday between 10-20 mph with gusts close to 25 mph possible.

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