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City of Lynchburg Preparing for Winter Weather
According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm is forecast to impact the region starting early Sunday morning, January 16 and continuing through Monday morning, January 17. Snowfall is expected with significant accumulations. There is also the possibility of sleet and freezing rain.
The Public Works Department is prepared for this event and will have crews working 12-hour shifts with spreader and plow operations conducted as needed. There is no forecast for rain prior to snow, and extensive pre-treatment of city roadways has been completed.
As always, priority will be placed on primary and secondary roads with plowing of residential streets conducted only if two inches or more of snow accumulation occurs. Based on the forecast of more than two inches of snow, it is anticipated that residential streets will be plowed.
There is the expectation that snow will freeze to the pavement in some locations and will remain on streets even after plowing and salt applications. The public is encouraged to avoid travel if at all possible and use extreme caution if travel does become necessary. Slow down, take extra time and watch out for spreader trucks.
Many Lynchburg streets are very narrow. Vehicles parked on both sides of an already narrow street leave very little room for plows and slows down clearing of streets should plowing become necessary.
• Limit parking in the street. If you have a driveway – please use it!
• If off-street parking is not available, please ask neighbors to coordinate and voluntarily park on one side of the street.
Free Parking in City Parking Decks for Downtown Residents
Free parking will be allowed in the City parking decks as outlined below beginning Saturday, January 15 and continuing until Tuesday, January 18 at 7:00 a.m. to facilitate more effective clearing of downtown streets. During this time, regular parking enforcement operations will be suspended.
• Midtown Parking Deck - Levels B - E, accessible from the 900-block of Main Street, Ninth Street and the 900-block of Commerce Street
• Clay Street Parking Deck - Second level ONLY, accessible from Clay Street and behind the Lynchburg Museum
• City Center Parking Deck - Second Level, accessible from 10th Street and 1001 Commerce Street
For more information about parking, please contact Parking Management at (434) 455-4045 or send an email.