Schools out for another day
Crews with the city of Lansing put in some long stretches - about 26 hours straight - to clear streets in the wake of a storm that dumped about 9 inches of snow on Lansing.
But cold weather and slick county roads will keep Lansing schoolchildren out of class another day.
Public Works director John Young said that after marathon efforts, by noon Thursday all eight of the city's plowing units were back at the city's garage and all city streets had been plowed.
"Everything we had was out there," Young said Thursday afternoon.
Young said crews began hitting the streets about 11 a.m. Wednesday, pretreating major roads with chloride. Plowing began in earnest about 4 p.m. Wednesday on major streets.
"We usually wait until there's a couple of inches when the snow is that dry," Young explained.
The city declared a snow emergency about 1 p.m. Wednesday, which put the wheels in motion for cars to be removed from emergency snow routes so that plows could run unimpeded. Young said that plowing on those emergency routes ended around 1 a.m. Thursday, at which time the crews changed their focus to residential streets.
Crews worked through the night and into the morning, with the last of the plows finishing about noon, Young said.
Young characterized the crews' work as "excellent."
"Everything is plowed and treated," he said, "including the residential streets."
With the end of the plowing came the lifting of the snow emergency, but it didn't bring everything back to normal.
School was canceled both Thursday and Friday by Lansing Public Schools and Wallula Christian School, giving children an unscheduled holiday.
Superintendent Randall Bagby said he made the decision to cancel Thursday classes about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday; the decision to cancel classes Friday was made about 9 p.m. Thursday, although Thursday afternoon Bagby had said school likely would be back in session on Friday.
There is no mention of more snow in the National Weather Service forecast, but bitter cold will stick around at least into Friday afternoon when temperatures are expected to warm into the 20s.
Friday, the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies in the morning then becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 20s. The morning will start off chilly, with wind chill readings as low as minus 11.