Grand Island Prepares for First Winter Storm

By: Erin Myers Email
By: Erin Myers Email

The National Weather Service has issued a 24 hour winter storm watch for Grand Island that begins tomorrow at noon. Street Superintendent Shannon Callahan says plow trucks will be dispatched in the morning, after getting a lay of the land.

"We kind of wait for the right time to go out based on if it's safe for us with high wind speeds and based on how much accumulation there is. Honestly, my expectation is probably about 9 or 10 a.m. we'll get called out to plow," said Callahan.

The City of Grand Island isn't alone in making preparations. Many people and stores are starting to stock up.

"The crowds are starting to come in force. This morning, we noticed an increase in sales and activity," said Steve Richardson, Store Director at Russ's Market.

Richardson says they've also had to increase stock orders for staple items.

"We've increase our milk orders and a lot of those types of items that we know people like to buy in case they get snowed in for a couple of days," said Richardson.

But after months of paperwork and preparation, Callahan says the City will be on top of the storm.

"We have a really experienced crew here, so it's almost like an excitement for the first snowfall because we have been preparing for a while. Now we actually get to go out and let the guys do what they do best," said Callahan.

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