The City of Peoria is ready for the season’s first winter storm to move through the area.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for 9:00 p.m. Friday through Noon Saturday. The Peoria area is forecasted to receive two to five inches of snow.
“We really put an emphasis last week and this week to get all of our equipment up and running,” City Public Works Superintendent of Operations Sie Maroon says.
Maroon says, however, most of the trucks will not be seen on the streets Friday.
“The snow isn’t really supposed to come in until after midnight,” Maroon says, “so, we won’t see any trucks unless we start to run our brine applicator. That is one truck people might see out there.”
Maroon says a new feature to snow removal this year is a pretreat with a brine application that will be produced at the City’s Public Works facility on Dries Lane. But, the brine will not be applied prior to this storm.
“Because of the rain that is forecasted it will just wash off,” Maroon says.
“The first thing we do are the routed primary snow routes after two inches of accumulation,” Maroon explains. “Once those routes are completed and we’ll make the switch into the residential streets.”
Maroon reminds motorists to be on the lookout for city plows and trucks overnight Friday through at least Saturday morning, and give them plenty of room.
“We do know people sometimes are in a hurry but our trucks are there to get them where they’re going safely. We want to prevent accidents.”