Wednesday, March 6, 2013
City public works crews burn the midnight oil to keep streets passable.
Crews from the Hyattsville Department of Public Works have been up throughout the night prepping, monitoring, and trying to keep the city's streets clear. According to city Street Supervisor Joe Buckholtz, crews began reporting at 11 p.m. on Tuesday evening to begin treating the roadways. "They'll transition into snow removal as it becomes necessary," said Buckholtz. "Crews are expected to remain on duty until the conclusion of the weather event." If the snowfall is heavy enough, city leaders could opt to delay the sidewalk snow removal requirement, a new power in the city's winter weather toolkit. The law, passed late last year, gives the city's head code enforcement officer the discretion to extend the snow removal requirement's 24-…
Monday, March 4, 2013
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the region.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Hyattsville and much of the surrounding Washington region, with accumulations of up to 5 inches or more expected on Wednesday. Precipitation is expected to begin as a mix of rain and snow, changing over to all snow Tuesday night. Wind gusts may reach up to 30 mph, according to the NWS. The service also warns of difficult driving conditions and is urging residents to begin proper winter storm preparations. The storm watch is in effect Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Proposed changes to Hyattsville's winter weather sidewalk clearing law would allow more flexibility during blizzards.
Hyattsville City Council members will consider two measures designed to make the city's sidewalk snow shoveling law more flexible and accommodate the elderly who may have a hard time clearing their walkways of snow and ice. "There is widespread recognition that clearing sidewalks is an important public safety matter and a civic duty," reads a memo from Abby Sandel, acting community services director for the city. "However, residents have expressed frustration over shoveling snow more than once following a storm because plows have re-deposited snow from the road onto the sidewalk." Currently, Hyattsville city code requires property owners and residents to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours after snow or sleet has stopped falling. …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Strong winds and heavy rain to begin around 4 p.m.
UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Hyattsville and the surrounding communites until 9 p.m Friday. Heavy hail, tornado gusts and heavy wind are possible, according to a NOAA alert. Original Story: Severe thunderstorms may disrupt your evening commute, according to the National Weather Service. Storms are set to begin around 3 p.m., and intensify by 7 p.m. Winds may reach 20 mph. The warning affects most Mid-Atlantic states, including Maryland and most of Virginia. Residents are advised to drive safely and stay indoors. Today’s severe storms coincide with the official start of hurricane season, which ends in November.