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Post Bulletin
     March 8, 2019      #42-67 PB1

Update: Storm will reach Rochester by 1 p.m.

A winter storm packing a 5- to 7-inch snowfall punch is due in Rochester starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, starting with freezing rain before transitioning to snow, according to an update this morning from Rochester Emergency Management.

The storm "will bring wet snow to the area late Saturday afternoon. It will dump most of the snow between 3 p.m and 11 p.m., then taper off," wrote Director Ken Jones in the update. Freezing rain, arriving by about 1 p.m., is likely to precede the snow, Jones wrote.

"Winds will pick up around 3 a.m. Sunday and produce 30 mph gusts through Sunday morning. The Euro model predicts 5-6 inches of snow. The GFS (used by NWS) predicts 6-7 inches. Looks like 6 inches is a good bet. Rochester will be close to the freezing line (transition zone). Trace amounts of ice are expected, and will total less than 1/10 inch."

Heavier snowfall totals are anticipated as you go north. Goodhue County is under a Winter Storm Warning, issued by the National Weather Service. The rest of the Post Bulletin coverage area, including Olmsted, Mower, Wabasha, Winona, Fillmore, Freeborn and Houston counties, is under a Winter Storm Watch.

The city of Rochester declared a snow emergency in advance of the storm. The emergency, beginning at midnight tonight, is planned to remain in effect through midnight next Wednesday night. During an emergency, vehicles are prohibited from parking on the even side of the street on even-numbered days, and on the odd side of the street on odd-numbered days, each day between 4 a.m. and 7 p.m. Cars in violation may be ticketed or towed.

“The snow emergency is being declared to guarantee our Public Works teammates can clear the streets," said City Administrator Steve Rymer in a written statement announcing the snow emergency. "The ability for our public safety teammates to respond to emergency calls is critical. We appreciate the community’s assistance in responding to the snow emergency.”

Public parking ramps will be open for free this weekend. Those ramps include:

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• Second Street Ramp (14 Second St. SE)

• Center Street Ramp (11 W. Center St.)

• First Street Ramp (13 Second St. SE)

• Civic Center Ramp (100 First St. SE)

• Third Street Ramp (100 Third St. SE)

Even if a plow has appeared to clear a street, parking restrictions will remain in place to allow Public Works crews to perform additional snow removal work as necessary. The snow emergency supersedes all other posted parking rules.

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