Villages and City of Racine Declare Snow Emergencies

Public works, police and the public had to deal with yet another late-season snow storm. See how people handled the storm on Tuesday, and tell us how things are in your neighborhood.

7:25 p.m.: The snow emergency in Sturtevant is extended until 10 a.m. Wednesday, DPW Director Chuck Stachowski confirmed in an email.

1 p.m.: The Racine Public Library will close Tuesday at 2 p.m. According to a note from Director Jessica MacPhail, materials due today will instead be due Wednesday. Regular library hours will resume Wednesday as well. Mitchell Airport is also reporting that some flights have been cancelled

Noon: The Villages of Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant, along with the City of Racine, have snow emergencies that go into effect later today.

According to Stachowski in Sturtevant, the emergency goes into effect at 5 p.m. to give residents time to move their vehicles off village roads. Parking on village streets is prohibited during a snow emergency.

In Mount Pleasant and the city, though, the emergency goes into effect at 6 p.m. and lasts until 6 a.m., triggering mandatory alternate side parking. The emergency also prohibits street parking in cul de sacs.

"Tomorrow is an even day, March 6, so everyone should park on the even side of the street," said Mount Pleasant DPW Director Mark Benish.

The release from the Racine Police Department says the same thing while also stressing that parking is prohibited on major thoroughfares.

"Cars MUST park on the EVEN sides of all local streets. NO PARKING ON ARTERIAL STREETS beginning at 6PM," the alert reads.

The Village of Caledonia is not declaring a snow emergency, but did confirm that regular, alternate side parking between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. remains in effect.

The Prairie School posted on Facebook that school will remain open all day today. Stay and Play is also a go, but parents are urged to pick up their children as soon as possible after school.

Varsity girls basketball will practice, but middle school basketball and upper school track and the spring sports parent/athlete meeting are canceled.

10:30 a.m.: A car struck a traffic signal around 10:25 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 31 in front of Starbucks.

The driver of the SUV on which the traffic signal landed contacted Patch to let us know they're okay. According to the driver, a woman driving one vehicle, hit another car and that car slammed into the light pole, knocking it on top of the SUV.

Everyone was okay, according to the driver.

Police from the villages of Mount Pleasant, Caledonia, Sturtevant and the City of Racine are urging drivers to slow down and use caution.

The scanner is busy with officers being dispatched to accidents throughout the area.

6:20 a.m.: All Racine Unified schools will release two hours early, according to an announcement on the district's website.

Also, all Catholic elementary schools are closed. Other area closings include: the Racine Literacy Council, Trinity Lutheran School in Caledonia, all schools in the Raymond School  District, Union Grove schools and Wisconsin Lutheran School.

Richard Head March 05, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Is it true that in Racine they are moving beyond the "Adopt a Streetlight Program", to begin studies on an "Adopt a Street Program" for those who would like The City of Racine to grace with a visit from a Snowplow? Shameless Plug! DOWNTOWN! http://racineexposed.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/downtown/
Django Freeman March 07, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Drive slow out there and be careful. This person who hit the light was reckless, let's learn from her mistake!


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