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Schools cancelled, preparations being made for 6 inches of snow

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Monday, February 10, 2014

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A plow is affixed to a city of Greer truck and sand is being loaded as city crews prepare to battle a winter storm expected to dump up to six inches of snow in the area on Tuesday and Wednesday.
 

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A plow is affixed to a city of Greer truck and sand is being loaded as city crews prepare to battle a winter storm expected to dump up to six inches of snow in the area on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

All Upstate schools are closed and Greer City Council is cancelled Tuesday while businesses are carefully watching the weather as a winter storm watch is in effect from Tuesday through Thursday with a snowstorm barreling toward the area, according to the National Weather Service.

Businesses late Monday were already announcing Tuesday closings with others planning to close at noon, pending snow or ice causing treacherous road conditions and power outages a possibility.

Most of greater Greer and Greenville County is scheduled to miss an accumulation of ice, but can expect up to six inches of snow. The NWS at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is forecasting snow to begin early Tuesday morning. The biggest accumulation of snow is forecast for Wednesday.

Bi-Lo at Pelham had all its shelves stocked Sunday night and expected a rush on food, bottled water and necessities. “This place will be packed Monday night,” the store employee said.

Greer City Council didn’t waste any time cancelling Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting. Two weeks ago council held its meeting despite the streets and bridges already dangerously slick with ice at the meeting’s start.

Late Monday Greer public services were said to be preparing for the wintry weather with plows attached to trucks loaded with sand.

Skipper Burns, director of public services, has prompted his employees to prepare staying at the city’s Operation Center. “If we’re asking residents to stay home in the interest of safety, it’s a good idea to have our employees consider the Operations Center to be their home during the storm,” Burns said in a city statement.

New Greer CPW General Manager, Jeffrey Tuttle, introduced to the employees Monday morning, reminded them to keep safe. “The most important thing to us in this room is for you to be safe,” Tuttle said.

City of Greenville and county crews reported its trucks and equipment in good shape and sand and salt solution replenished.

 

 

 

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