City of Cleveland’s Winter Weather Update – January 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Thankfully, the snow has stopped falling, but blowing and drifting snow are keeping us at work on the City’s streets.  And, with the cold temperatures and severe wind chills in the forecast, we are taking extra steps to help Clevelanders stay safe and warm.

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We encourage everyone to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid the effects of the severe cold.  When the temperature and wind chills are in below zero territory, frostbite can set in quickly. If you must go outdoors, take proper precautions to stay safe. Click here for a list of cold weather tips.

Roads: A minimum of 35 snow crews are working the main streets and secondary routes today to improve road conditions. The crews that report for second shift late afternoon will return to the residential streets. Please move cars off of residential streets to allow plows curb-to-curb access.

Parking Ban: The parking ban is still in effect.  As a result, stopping, standing, and parking of vehicles will be restricted and prohibited on City streets with posted red and white signs UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Parking is prohibited on designated Snow Emergency streets, which are identified as necessary for transportation, the movement of food and fuel supplies, medical care, fire, health and police protection and other vital facilities of the City. If you park on a Snow Emergency street, your car can be towed.

Severe Cold:

  • Warming Centers: City of Cleveland recreation centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday to serve as warming centers.  These centers will be open until 8 p.m. Monday evening and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.  Those seeking additional assistance for heat and shelter issues should contact 211 to be connected to area resources.
  • Waste collection: Waste collection will be cancelled for Tuesday, January 28, 2014.  At this point, waste collection is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, January 29.  There will be a one-day delay in waste collection for the remaining week.
  • Public Utilities: Emergency repairs will be made; Public Utilities crews are taking precautions and will not be out in the elements unnecessarily.
  • Department of Aging: Director Jane Fumich, Department of Aging, encourages you to check on your older relatives and friends and offers advice here.
  • Pets: Pets are vulnerable to below-freezing temperatures and wind chill. Bring them indoors.
  • City Staff: Due to the severe cold and below zero wind chill ratings, Mayor Jackson is directing only essential personnel to report to work on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.
    • The city will maintain all essential Public Safety, Public Works and Public Utilities functions.
    • Cleveland City Hall will be open.
    • Departmental directors will provide guidance to their staff in determining who needs to report to work on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. City staff with questions should check with their supervisors.
    • City staff required to work in the elements must follow departmental guidelines and instructions from supervisors regarding cold weather protections.
    • City employees should pay attention to local news for weather advisories and visit http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/ and www.clecityhall.com for up-to-date information from the City of Cleveland.

The City of Cleveland encourages residents to:

  • Park off-street on all city streets to give allow snow plows room to plow curb-to-curb.
  • Stay off the streets as much as possible for their own personal safety and to allow snow plows greater access to the city’s roadways.
  • If you must travel, use caution, allow extra time, and remember not to “block the box” at intersections.
  • Visit ready.gov for more information on how to make an emergency plan and supply kit.
  • Pay attention to local news for weather advisories and visit http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/ and clecityhall.com for up-to-date information from the City of Cleveland.

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