Columbus residents don't have to dream about a "White Christmas" this year, because forecasters say they can expect one.
Platte County Emergency Management has announced residents should be prepared and use extreme caution as the area will be in a blizzard warning tonight through tomorrow.
"Forecast confidence is at 90% for 4+” of snow," Platte County Emergency Management wrote on its Facebook page on the morning of Dec. 24, 2023. "Confidence goes down closer to the high end 13” amount. Either way we will have significant impacts to holiday travel and events as we are in a blizzard warning tonight into tomorrow."
The National Weather Service office based out of Omaha/Valley indicated the blizzard warning will last 6 a.m. Dec. 27, 2023.
"A strong storm system will continue to track east across the Rockies, central/northern Plains and the Upper Midwest Christmas Eve into Tuesday. Heavy snow, ice, and strong winds are expected. In addition, moderate to heavy rainfall and a few thunderstorms are possible across portions of the southern Plains into the central Gulf Coast through Christmas Day. Urban and flash flooding are possible," it wrote on its website.
Keeping the community mobile is a top priority for the City of Columbus and we take a serious approach to the problems associated with snow and ice control. Street Department crews are responsible for the snow and ice control on all city streets within the city limits, as well as the Lost Creek Parkway.
During winter storm events, city crews are dispatched to their individual snow routes to begin the task of clearing the streets. A snow and ice control policy has been adopted by the department. Thoroughfares, collector streets, and emergency routes are given first priority, crews then proceed into residential neighborhoods. Depending on the severity of the storm, the department strives to have all streets cleared of snow within 12 to 24 hours of the event.
City Street Superintendent Clete Borchers urged residents to be safe and patient on the roads as crews work to keep them as clear as possible.
“Residents are reminded to drive to the conditions, and when driving around snow equipment, give them plenty of room to do their job,” he said.
If you have questions, you can call the City Street Division at 402-562-4253.