Round 2: Winter storm warning issued for Monday night, Tuesday | Emergency official urges residents to prepare for 3-5 days at home
Residents of Saline County are still digging out from the 10 inches of snow received Thursday, Feb. 21, but they will need to keep shovels and plows warmed up and ready to go again.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the area from 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26.
"Significant" snowfall is expected from the approaching storm, 6 to 10 inches or more overnight Monday and an additional 2 to 4 inches Tuesday, according to the forecast.
The snow is expected to fall as furiously as it did Thursday -- when it fell at a rate of 2 inches per hour -- but this time, wind could be a bigger factor, with gusts of up to 30 mph expected. The combination of heavy snow and wind Monday night and early Tuesday could produce whiteout conditions, NWS officials said.
Saline County Emergency Management Director Russ Donnell urged residents in the county to take this storm seriously and make preparations Monday.
"People should be prepared to shelter in place for three to five days," he said.
Donnell said although a foot of snow is likely, some models indicate snowfall could be as much as 18 inches, and if the storm gets that bad, it will take days to clear streets and roads.
Donnell listed the supplies people should have on-hand in case they are snowbound for some time:
--Bottled water, one gallon per person per day for five days;
--Canned or dry food and a manual can opener;
--Battery-powered radio and extra batteries;
--Flashlight and extra batteries;
--First aid kit;
--Food and other supplies for pets.
Donnell also advised residents not to attempt to drive after the storm hits. During Thursday's storm, numerous abandoned vehicles littered emergency routes, he said.
"They caused quite a problem," he said. "Crews couldn't get the snow removed, and emergency vehicles couldn't get through."
Marshall City Administrator, Connie Latimer said a snow ordinance is in effect starting at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25.
Latimer said that vehicles that are still left on snow routes from the last storm will be towed.
"We are enforcing it early so people have all day to make preparations," Latimer said.
Saline County Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings said the roads crew finished clearing snow off the roads on the Common Road District Saturday, Feb. 23. Stallings said they are currently doing repair work on the equipment as they get ready for the next storm.
Stallings said if the snow storm is anything like the last one, the road crews may not be out clearing roads until the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 27, when the snow subsides.
"It will be another slow process," Stallings said. "But they will be working 19-hour days again to try and get it cleared out."