With 600 miles of road within the city, getting a heavy amount of snow removed can take time. But an online service allows you to monitor what's been plowed and what hasn't.
The Snow Removal Inspection Progress page is hosted by the city. However, since some of the roads are plowed with private contractors, the map will not show that work.
The Springfield Public Works Department has a plan that puts emergency routes and main roads at top priority for plowing. Residential streets and other roads follow.
A snow emergency has been issued starting at 6 p.m. Friday. That is the same time a Winter Storm Warning goes in effect for much of central Illinois. A snow emergency prohibits parking in designated snow routes (see the document to the left).
4-6 inches of snow is exspected before Saturday evening. Adding to the problem is a forecast for winds of up to 40 m.p.h. that will likely result in blowing and drifting snow.
On the backside of the system, temperatures are expected to dip. That means the snow could stick around for several days.
A reminder that sidewalk snow removal is the responsibility of individual property owners.