Sheriff advising no travelPublished 10:49am Thursday, February 20, 2014
Sheriff Terese Amazi is urging residents to stay off the roads during Thursday and Friday’s winter storm.
For the second time this winter, Amazi is advising no travel as the area braces for 10 or more inches of snow and high winds Thursday and Friday morning.
“It’s definitely coming,” Amazi said, who had a webinar with the National Weather Service Wednesday afternoon.
With so much advanced notice, Amazi urged residents to heed the warnings and stay off the roads from around early Thursday through around the same time Friday morning. That will ease the burden, so law enforcement officials won’t need to be out rescuing drivers who’ve gone in the ditch.
Though Amazi said it’s rare for her to issue a no travel advisory, this is the second time she has issued such a warning this winter.
All area schools closed Thursday, and several already announced late starts on Friday.
A snow emergency began at 8 a.m. Thursday and is in effect for 72 hours. Parking in the business areas of Austin will be prohibited from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. snow emergency. Business areas include midtown Austin, Sterling Shopping Center, Hormel Plant area and East Side business area.
Snow emergency parking in residential areas:
A. All vehicles on streets, avenues, places and drives of the city of Austin, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 a.m. to the succeeding day, shall be parked only on the side of the streets, avenues, places and drives bearing even-numbered United States post office address on even-numbered days of the month.
B. All vehicles on streets, avenues, places and drives of the City of Austin, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. to the succeeding day, shall be parked only on the side of the streets, avenues, places and drives bearing odd-numbered United States post office address on odd-numbererd days of the month.