Sunday Snow Updates: City of Asheville snow removal focuses on major roads and urges people to limit travel.

City of Asheville staff are actively working in snow response mode. All 24-hour services including police, fire and water services are fully staffed and ready to respond as needed.

Public Works is currently focused on snow clearing our Priority 1 streets. Major roads must be the priority for snow clearing to ensure they are passable for our emergency responders. Here is a link to the City’s snow clearing priority card.

We ask the community to limit travel and stay off the road during snow events if possible.

A reminder that municipal garages in the Central Business District are now free to the public. The gates will remain until the storm is over

The City asks everyone to limit on-street parking during any snow event! This is extremely helpful for our ability to clean the streets more efficiently.

UPDATE: ART bus service suspended and Parks and Recreation facilities closed on Sunday, January 16. Parking garages are open and free to the public.
Posted: January 15 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Due to forecast snow, there will be no ART bus service on Sunday January 16, 2022.
  • All city parks and recreation Community centers will be closed on Sunday January 15.
    Over the next few days, some park services such as restrooms and parking lots may not be available as teams work to reopen facilities.
  • Municipal garages in the Central Business District are now free to the public. The gates will remain until the storm is over
    The City asks everyone to limit on-street parking during any snow event! This is extremely helpful for our ability to clean the streets more efficiently.

UPDATE: Park facilities will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 15
Posted: January 14 at 3:30 p.m.

All city parks, community centers and recreation facilities will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, in an effort to keep our community safe and to mitigate the risk of someone becoming stranded.

UPDATE: MLK, Jr. Day of Service Event Canceled
Posted: January 14 at 11:20 a.m.

The MLK Jr. Burton Street Community Day of Service scheduled for Monday, January 17 has been cancelled. Keep an eye on the Asheville Parks & Recreation website, Facebook pages, and instagram feed for the latest updates.

Snow preparation
Posted: January 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Asheville Public Works trucks have already begun pre-treating Asheville streets with brine as the city prepares for the arrival of snow.

the National Weather Service has now issued a winter storm watch for the region as of 6 p.m. Saturday. The weather service’s website states, “Precipitation may begin as early as Saturday afternoon in parts of the mountains, eventually falling mostly as snow and increasing in coverage and intensity late Saturday evening. Widespread ice should be expected Monday morning and could be a mid-week concern. »

The Public Works Department is continuing its proactive approach to this forecast. Pre-treatment of bordering sidewalks City ownership also takes place. This includes, but is not limited to: City Hall, Municipal Building housing First Responders, Pack Square, Pritchard Park, and Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville.

“Our staff regularly prepares our equipment to begin snow removal operations should the need arise,” said the Director of Public Works. Greg Shuler. “We have plenty of salt, our numbers are in good shape and our equipment is ready to go.”

Street crews are to report as the predicted storm moves on Saturday and will prep and plow streets as conditions dictate. Staffing will continue around the clock throughout the storm.

Please clear the streets for the snow plows to pass

The City asks everyone to limit on-street parking during any snow event! This is extremely useful for our
ability to clear streets more efficiently.

City garages in the central business district will be open to the public for free, likely around 5 p.m., depending on when the snow comes in. This is to allow free access to salting and snowplows. Everyone is asked to ensure their vehicles are off the streets so that our crews can continually clear the roads of snow buildup or other weather-related hazards.

For everyone’s safety, please limit travel and stay off the road during snow events if possible. Dangerous travel conditions could continue until Monday.

Clear priority 1 streets first

Once the snow begins, City Streets crews will remain on the job 24 hours a day, as needed, to remove any accumulation of snow, first from our priority streets, then moving to secondary/neighborhood streets as they arise. as priority roads are cleared. Priority 1 roads are the main roads necessary for emergency response as well as the streets where the ART bus lines run. Street crews will also remove snow from sidewalks in front of City-owned properties.

The city’s Snow Mapper shows which roads have priority.

The City of Asheville maintains approximately 400 miles of roads, which translates to 805 miles of track. During snow events, Public Works removes snow from 180 central miles of priority one streets, 318 central miles of priority two streets, which is approximately 400 miles, including 87 miles of NCDOT-maintained roads.

In the event of a power outage and downed trees

Duke Energy will provide additional updates once the storms leave the area and Damage assessment is in progress. Consult the fault map on www.duke-energy.com/outages.

To receive the most up-to-date information on restoration efforts by subscribing to Fault Alerts. If customers lose power, they can text 57801, report in line, or call 800-419-6356.

Duke Energy is warning people to stay away from downed power lines.

If you come across a fallen tree or leaning over a power line, call Duke Energy Progress at 1-800-419-6356 or 1-800-452-2777.

For a felled tree not involving power lines, blocking a road within city limits, call Asheville Public Works at 828-259-5852.

Coming together as a community

We want to encourage everyone in our community to prepare personally and come together to take care of their neighbors as well.

If you have regular medical appointments essential to your health, make sure you have a snow plan in case the trip becomes dangerous. In case of a medical emergency, dial 9-1-1. For more information on available resources, call 2-1-1.

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