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Snow alert in North Platte upgraded to snow emergency

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Published: Oct. 24, 2020 at 5:50 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - North Platte is declaring a snow emergency at 8 p.m., Saturday.

A snow emergency dictates all vehicles and trailers on snow routes be removed or be ticketed or towed. The North Platte Police Department says they will be enforcing all emergency snow route violations during the emergency.

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Due to the impending weather forecast, the City of North Platte is issuing a snow alert beginning at noon on Saturday, October 24th.

Please remove all vehicles from the Emergency Snow Routes during this time. This includes all vehicles, boats, trailers, campers, etc.

The North Platte Police Department is thankful for all cooperation.

The following information is from the city’s website and explains snow alerts.

https://www.ci.north-platte.ne.us/transportation/emergency-snow-routes/

"The City of North Platte snow routes were chosen to keep travel open so that emergency vehicles could reach all parts of the City.

In the event that a winter storm dictates the plowing of emergency snow routes, the City will implement its emergency snow removal plan.

Generally, the City will call a snow alert first which informs citizens to prepare for an impending storm by moving their vehicles off city streets, especially those designated as emergency snow routes.

If the storm actually necessitates the plowing of streets, a snow emergency will be declared. A snow emergency dictates that all vehicles must be moved off of the streets designed as emergency snow routes. If a vehicle remains on a snow route after a snow emergency has been declared, it will be ticketed. If the vehicle is still not moved after being ticketed, it will be towed. The fine for being ticketed is $35. When a vehicle is towed, the owner is charged towing and storage costs.

Declarations for snow alerts and snow emergencies will be made through the City’s Police 911 center. All news media will be advised of the declaration of or canceling of snow alerts and snow emergencies through the 911 center. The 911 center will also use its code red system to notify, by telephone, all citizens that have signed up for the system that a snow alert or snow emergency has been declared."

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