The City of Albion declared a snow emergency beginning today, Feb. 1 at 6:00 p.m. and will be in effect until further notice. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning through Wednesday, Feb. 3 and advises citizens should not travel as whiteout conditions are expected.
All citizens are requested to move their vehicles to off-street parking during declared snow emergencies so as to expedite the snow removal process.
Effective 6 p.m. tonight, parking is strictly prohibited on the following snow emergency routes:
1. Eleventh Street south from State Street to Fairview Street;
2. Sixth Street; and
3. Fairview Street from Highway 14–39 to Eleventh Street.
Snow removal will begin on emergency routes as measurable snow accumulates in order to keep them passable and will subsequently begin in residential and downtown districts as soon as practical following the snowfall. Expected high winds may delay or hinder snow removal efforts.
Vehicles not moved to off-street parking during a snow emergency will be marked and given 48 hours to be moved. We expect voluntary compliance not to be an issue; however, the Albion Police Department will enforce all necessary parking restrictions.
Downtown business owners may scoop snow into the street/parking area if there is no other place to pile snow. Residential property owners may not scoop snow into the street.
The City of Albion advises all citizens stay indoors through this blizzard event and to use caution if and when travel is necessary.
The Nebraska State Patrol is urging motorists to be prepared and keep up-to-date on the latest weather and road conditions as a powerful winter storm expected to impact travel is forecast for the Cornhusker State.
“This storm as forecasted would make travel extremely dangerous across a good portion of the state,” said Colonel Bradley Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “We encourage all motorists to stay up-to-date by monitoring the weather and road conditions closely and be prepared to change travel plans if need be.”