Mayor's Corner

Feb 02

[ARCHIVED] Winter Storm Warning - Our Preparations

The original item was published from February 2, 2022 9:16 AM to February 2, 2022 10:45 AM

A “Winter Storm Warning” is in effect for Northeast Ohio beginning Wednesday, February 2. This front will begin with rain midday on Wednesday. They are currently predicting .5” to 1” inch of rain fall in our area. Overnight Wednesday, into Thursday, that rain will change to a mix of rain and snow, then become snowfall. Currently, the National Weather Service describes the storm cycle as rain and wind, then wet snow and wind, followed by heavy snowfall and wind, Wednesday night through Thursday. They are predicting the front will have passed our area by Friday morning.

 We have made the following decisions in an effort to concentrate on our snow removal program keeping our streets as safe as possible

  • We are cautioning our residents to drive only when absolutely necessary during the winter storm Wednesday night through Thursday.
  • If needed, The City will announce that a parking ban will be in place due to the snow.
  • If this storm develops as predicted we will close the Community Center for regular activities. Depending on the severity, we may open the Community Center as a warming station to aid any of you who need shelter due to power outages. 
  • Please pay attention to the Beachwood City School District and their announcement as to whether or not they too will close. The Community Center will base their closure on the decision from the Beachwood City School District.

 If this storm develops as predicted there may be other closings, and we refer you to the internet and local news channels. This snow is predicted to be a heavy snow and, therefore, we caution you in shoveling due to the significant weight of the snow. 

?Our Public Works Department is prepared and has ample amounts of salt in their salt bins. As with any storm these predictions may change, but our planning is based upon the current predictions, and again your safety is our utmost concern. Our administrative staff are briefed and prepared to execute our emergency plan for such a winter storm event.

 If there is a power outage at your home, please call the Illuminating Company at 1-888-544-4877. They need to hear from you that your power is out. 

 ?Stay safe and stay warm.