Based on the official forecast of a winter storm warning, the city of Hastings and Adams County have declared that a snow emergency will take effect at noon Tuesday, according to a news release from the Adams County Emergency Management Office.
The snow emergency will be lifted once the storm has passed and city officials believe that the roads are sufficiently cleared, the release states
During the hours the snow emergency alert is in effect, no vehicles may be parked on the city’s snow emergency routes. Most stop sign protected streets are snow emergency routes. The routes can also be identified by the Snow Emergency signs posted every few blocks on these streets.
Affected routes can be found on the city of Hastings website:
The Hastings Police Department will begin checking the city’s snow emergency routes when the alert takes effect and will continue checking for illegally parked vehicles until the alert expires.
Motorists are encouraged to limit their travel until the inclement weather subsides and the streets are cleared.
Homeowners on emergency snow routes are advised that snowplows may throw snow on the curb sidewalks and are advised not to shovel curb sidewalks until these snow routes have been cleared of snow. Also, please do not move your snow into the streets or gutters.
Travel will be difficult if not impossible throughout this storm, which is expected to impact the Hastings area through Sunday.
Adams County Emergency Management will be monitoring the storm and updating regularly. Utilize the department's Twitter account at @AdamsEmergency, or our Facebook Page for current information.