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Geneva enacts winter parking ban this weekend

Extreme weather forecast prompts city parking bank

GENEVA – With the forecast calling for a significant snow and ice storm this weekend, the city of Geneva will enact its winter parking ban on Saturday, effective at 12:01 a.m., officials announced in a news release.

All parked cars must be removed from the street to avoid being ticketed or towed. The parking ban remains in effect until crews have plowed snow to the curb.

The Geneva Public Works Department can restrict parking based on the forecast from the National Weather Service or other weather agencies for snow, sleet or freezing rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 3 a.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday for Kane County.

Rain is likely to change over to a period of light freezing rain and sleet overnight, which could cause ice accumulations of 0.10 to 0.20 of an inch Saturday morning.

Sleet accumulation also is possible, the release stated.

While precipitation may lighten in intensity late morning, snow accumulation ranging from 2-5 inches is possible starting in late afternoon Saturday into early Sunday.

If weather conditions are predicted to be hazardous to motorists, a parking ban may be put into effect to promote public safety and welfare on the roadways.

Access to snow routes and residential streets is important in providing emergency services to all residents and visitors as quickly as possible.

Geneva’s Public Works crews will be out salting streets early Saturday, but conditions still are expected to be slick. Because of significant rain on Friday, the city was not able to pre-treat the roads with salt brine, the release stated.

Crews will be in early Saturday to salt downtown parking lots and sidewalks.

Winds gusting as high as 45 mph combined with the weather could make travel difficult due to icy road conditions and reduced visibility in certain areas. The weather may also trigger power outages due to the ice and wind.

People are advised to stay off the roads if they do not have to be driving. For those needing to travel, please allow extra time to reach your destinations.

Stay tuned to the city’s website this weekend for future weather alerts and winter weather operations updates.

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