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Streets Prepped, Cary’s Sweet 16 Stands at the Ready for Potential First Snow of 2018

NC Chinese Lantern Festival closing early this evening

Post Date:01/03/2018 4:36 PM
  • Though no plowing expected, the Town of Cary is ready for possible snow fall tonight.
  • The NC Chinese Lantern Festival at Booth Amphitheatre will close at 9 p.m. due to extreme cold.
  • All other operations this evening, including recreation programming, cultural arts events and GoCary services are to occur as scheduled.

Cary, NC – To snow or not to snow, that is the question Cary’s A-Team is prepared to answer this evening if Mother Nature dishes out the area’s first flakes of 2018. Over the last two days, crews have brined Cary’s main thoroughfares and primary streets within subdivisions. At 6 p.m., the A-Team’s Sweet 16 will report for overnight duty, an operation predicted to be focused on spreading and treating Cary’s historically slick spots. This year’s winter storm inventory includes 77 pieces of equipment – 54 plows and 23 spreaders – along with 900 tons of salt and 2,500 tons of salt/sand mix. There are 766 linear miles of streets in Cary, 557 of which are in subdivisions.

“January is doing what January does best: bring snow and freezing temperatures,” said Scott Hecht, Public Works Director. “Should wintry weather materialize and reach one-inch of accumulation, the Sweet 16 will spread/plow main thoroughfares first, followed by primary streets within subdivisions, then residential streets.” Hecht added that the Town does not treat private parking lots, including those in apartment and condominium complexes or at businesses and commercial centers.

Due to the extreme cold temperatures, the NC Chinese Lantern Festival will close tonight at 9 p.m. At this time, the Town of Cary is operating as normal with no closings. GoCary fixed route and door-to-door services are operating as scheduled, and all indoor recreation and cultural arts programming will occur as planned this evening.

Take time now to ensure you’re ready for adverse winter weather:

  • Be proactive and locate and learn how to use your residence’s master water shut off valve in the event of broken utility pipes.
  • Bring your solid waste and recycling bins to the curb, including those living in multi-family units who typically receive backyard service.
  • Do not park on streets so that Town equipment can service the area.
  • Do not attempt to deal with downed limbs or trees on a street or sidewalk on your own since they may be tangled in live power lines; instead call the Town’s non-emergency number at (919) 469-4012.
  • GoCary fixed route and door-to-door transit riders can call the service directly for updates: (919) 481-2020.
  • Be neighborly and check on neighbors to ensure everyone is OK.
  • Stay indoors during severe winter weather. If you do decide to venture out—whether walking or driving—let folks know when and where you are going so that they can contact emergency officials should you fail to reach your destination. Take a cell phone just in case.

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Should winter weather materialize as predicted, the next update will be at 4 a.m. Thursday unless changing conditions warrant sooner actions.



Primary Contacts

Scott Hecht, Public Works Director, (919) 469-4093
Carrie Roman, Public Information Supervisor, (919) 481-5091
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240

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