MILWAUKEE -- The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) called for an overnight snow clearing operation for the entire city for Tuesday, Jan. 22 and Wednesday, Jan. 23 -- to ensure DPW crews can access as much of the street as possible to clear ice and snow.
The DPW had 103 trucks out on the road as early as Tuesday morning, putting down salt in an effort to get ahead of the storm.
FOX6 News caught up with Mark and Emily Peterson, who had their daughter Willow and their dogs bundled up as they walked through Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.
"(The dogs) still need their walks, even when it's this cold," said Emily Peterson.
Meanwhile, the panther at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was keeping warm with a bright red scarf on the first day of classes for the spring semester. It didn't feel anything like spring on campus.
"On the street, it's impossible to find parking," said Ben Reed, UWM student.
All residents who park overnight on a Milwaukee street must move their vehicles to the EVEN numbered side of the street by 11 p.m. on Tuesday evening, Jan. 22 through 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Residents must then move their vehicles again on Wednesday, Jan. 23 by 11 p.m. to the ODD numbered side of the street through Thursday morning, Jan. 23.
City residents are reminded that the posted street sign takes precedence in all areas of the city. Please read the street signs on the block/in the neighborhood for winter parking instructions BEFORE YOU PARK. As not all winter parking rules are posted, residents should also check for parking restrictions HERE. Residents can also call 414-286-CITY (-2489).
Parked vehicles should not impede the flow of traffic in the travel lane. This includes both the streetcar route and other city roadways. If a vehicle cannot be properly parked flush to the curb and out of the flow of traffic, whether due to snow or otherwise, DPW discourages individuals from parking in that spot and reserves the right to ticket and tow.
Jesse Papermaster had a tough time digging out of his parking spot on Milwaukee's east side Tuesday.
"It is very frustrating when you're not able to get out of your spot. There was about three feet of snow covering my car, and it just takes some time shoveling out. A lot of those alternate spots are covered up by snow, so it's very frustrating," said Papermaster.
"We really need people to follow the rules, the signs on their street, so we can get in and clear the snow. We need people to be patient. We need people who are on the roadway driving to be patient and be careful. Be mindful of the rules of the road," said Jeff Polenske, DPW.
Designated Milwaukee Public Schools lots will be available for off-street parking beginning Tuesday Jan. 22 beginning at 7 p.m. This parking option is designed to assist residents who live in congested parking areas to find overnight parking from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. All vehicles must be moved from MPS lots by 7 a.m. the following morning or they may be subject to ticketing and towing.
For a list of school parking lot locations, CLICK HERE.
Residents are encouraged to sign up to receive a Winter Parking Alert via a text message and/or email message which serve to notify them that a DPW operation has been called, and that vehicles must be moved accordingly.
To sign up for either or both alerts, CLICK HERE or call 414-286-CITY for assistance.
"At our peak, we expect to have 278 pieces of equipment on the street -- plowing and salting throughout the night," said Polenske.
Residents who had garbage or recycling containers normally scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday are to place their containers at the curb Thursday, Jan. 24 until they have been picked up. Tuesday automated routes, however, will continue until the end of the shift. No garbage/recycling collection will take place Wednesday.
Meanwhile, officials with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office encouraged everyone to take it slow on the road, and drive defensively. In a news release, sheriff's officials noted "impaired road conditions and traffic delays are expected" through noon Wednesday.
- Remember that excessive speed and following too close contribute to crashes in winter weather. Reduce your speed to match road conditions. Double or even triple your following distance: instead of keeping two car lengths between you and the car in front of you, maintain a following distance of four or even six car lengths.
- Wear your seatbelt. It’s the law.
- Make sure that your headlights are on.
- Slow down and prepare to stop. When stopping your vehicle, don’t wait until the last possible second. Four-wheel drive may help get your vehicle moving, but it doesn’t help you slow down or stop.
- If you are in a ditch: Turn on your hazard lights, remain in your vehicle, and call 911.
- If you are in a crash and your vehicle is still drivable: It’s safer to drive off the freeway to the nearest available exit. Once you have removed your vehicle from the freeway, call 911 or MCSO’s non-emergency number, 414-278-4788.
- If you are in a crash and your vehicle is not movable, or you are injured: Turn on your hazard lights, remain in your vehicle with your seatbelt on, and call 911. You may self-report a crash using our online reporting system within 24 hours of the incident. Go to mkesheriff.org and, under the Quick Links header, click “Report a Crash or Accident.”
- Remember to Move Over for Emergency Personnel: The Move Over Law requires all drivers to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles and personnel working on the freeway.
- Be aware that all disabled vehicles must be towed during snow conditions.