COMMUNITY NEWS

Concord snowfighting to begin at 8:00 p.m., Rider Transit cancels Saturday service
Friday, January 6, 2017

CONCORD – Concord's snowfighters are standing by in preparation to begin plowing and salt/sand spreading at 8:00 this evening. Transportation and Water Resources staff have been divided into two response teams. Response team one has been resting today in anticipation of working overnight. Response team two is currently in place until relieved by team one, and will return at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Using this 12-hour operational cycle, the City's snowfighters will provide continuous 24-hour service until all bare pavement routes have been cleared. Click here to learn more about how Concord's snowfighters work to keep you safe.

Rider Transit has canceled all service for Saturday, January 7 in anticipation of poor roadway conditions. Rider Transit will operate as long as safe tonight and will resume service as soon as possible following Saturday's interruption. Passengers can receive updates at 
ckrider.com, the Rider Transit Facebook page, and via the customer service line at 704-920-7433.

With temperatures dropping quickly and forecasts not showing above freezing temperatures until Tuesday, the public is advised to take this winter storm seriously. The National Weather Service has issued a 
Winter Storm Warning for the Piedmont of North Carolina. The area could receive several inches of snow as well as hazardous low temperatures after the storm passes.  Residents are encouraged to take steps to prepare their families, pets, cars, and homes for winter weather and power outages. Please visit ready.gov and readync.org for tips and information to keep you safe before, during, and after the storm. Emergency Management staff urge particular attention to using save secondary heating sources, with proper wiring, fuel, and ventilation.

Following the Statewide
emergency declaration issued this morning, the City Manager's Office/Emergency Management staff have prepared the City's  Emergency Operations Center to be at a monitoring stage, so it may be staffed at partial or full levels if needed. Public safety, infrastructure, and other key departments will optimize communications and teamwork to meet the conditions and needs presented by the weather.

Electric Systems crews are on-call and prepared to address any power outages or other system issues that may arise.

Additional updates about conditions or City services will be provided at 
concordnc.gov as needed throughout the event, and updated road conditions are available at ncdot.gov.


Previous updates:
January 5: Concord's snowfighters are ready for the first winter weather of 2017
January 4: You've heard of crime fighters and firefighters, but do you know our snowfighters?