PRESCOTT, AZ (February 20, 2019) – The City of Prescott is gearing up for what appears to be the largest winter storm of the season. Snow is expected to start tonight, with accumulations of 3-5 inches overnight, then major additional accumulations tomorrow. Snow is expected to continue through Friday.
The City urges citizens who do not have to travel during or immediately following the snow event, to stay off the roads, to allow emergency services and plows to do their jobs. If you must travel, please allow plenty of extra time and exercise extreme caution.
City Snow Removal Efforts
City Public Works personnel are currently on duty, on 12 hour shifts. They will be assisted by Recreation Services staff as well. The city has 16 plows, six backhoes, and will be renting dump trucks for snow removal.
Plowing efforts will concentrate on major roads first. Once those are cleared safely, work will begin on secondary streets. We ask that the public be patient, as we cannot estimate how long it will take to fully clear streets following such a large snowfall.
For plowing updates, go to prescott-az.gov, and click on Snow Plowing Information for updates, for follow us on Facebook City of Prescott Government.
Public Safety Efforts
Police and Fire Departments are planning to staff up as needed to meet emergency demand. Prescott Police Department is working with local agencies to make sure vulnerable populations are made aware of the impending snow event, and that they are aware of shelter and service options.
Fire Department will work with Lifeline to make sure that vehicles are outfitted properly, allowing for appropriate emergency response as needed.
Emergency Operations Center
On Thursday, the City will operate a scaled-down Emergency Operations Center (EOC), where critical personnel are located in the same facility for better coordination and communication.
City of Prescott Facilities
The Prescott Public Library will be closed on Thursday, February 21 and will determine whether it can reopen Friday or Saturday following the snow event.
City Offices will be open on Thursday, February 21 with a reduced staff. Non-essential City employees who do not feel safe coming into work have been excused for the day. There will be no collection of payments expected on Thursday or Friday. Any bills that are due or overdue will be excused until Monday, February 25.
Prescott Regional Airport
As of this report, the inbound flight from Los Angeles tonight, February 20, and the outbound flight to Denver tomorrow, February 21, are cancelled.
United Airlines has waived change fees for flights in and out of PRC on Thursday, so passengers can reschedule without penalty.
If you plan travel to or from Prescott tomorrow, go to United.com and Check Flight Status, or call their reservation line at 800-864-8331.
If travelers are stranded at Prescott Regional Airport on Thursday for any reasons, the City will make special arrangements.
Possible Emergency Proclamation
Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli will be on standby on Thursday morning, for the possibility of signing an Emergency Proclamation. If a proclamation is made, a copy will be sent to media outlets, and posted on the City website.
For plowing updates, go to presott-az.gov, and click on Snow Plowing Information for updates, for follow us on Facebook City of Prescott Government. For non-emergency snow-related questions pertaining to the City, please call 928-777-1100.