A First Student school bus stalls out at D and 4th Streets in Douglas after snowfall on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. No students were on the bus at the time and the bus was safely backed down the street. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

A First Student school bus stalls out at D and 4th Streets in Douglas after snowfall on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. No students were on the bus at the time and the bus was safely backed down the street. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

City plows ahead with more snow expected tonight

Juneau could get another two to three inches

Roads are on schedule to be plowed and no city bus routes have been cancelled, even after eight inches of snow in some parts of Juneau.

City crews began plowing roads at midnight Tuesday and will continue into the evening, said Transit Superintendent Ed Foster.

“We got all the priority one (roads) done last night and they’ll be redone before the day is over” if necessary, Foster said. The city has a total of 10 snow plows running during the day: five in the Mendenhall Valley and another five for Lemon Creek, downtown and Douglas, according to Foster.

Juneau’s main arterial roads such as Egan Drive and Glacier Highway are plowed by the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. State crews began plowing at 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to Foster. DOT could not immediately be reached for comment.

Evan Price, the technical director for Perseverance Theatre, removes snow from the front of the theater on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Evan Price, the technical director for Perseverance Theatre, removes snow from the front of the theater on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

No bus routes have been cancelled because of the weather, according to Hal Kulm at Capital Transit.

The city designates roads for plowing on a three-tier basis. Priority one roads are high traffic and critical for emergency services and get plowed first. Riverside Drive in the Mendenhall Valley and Glacier Avenue downtown are both priority one.

Priority two roads are typically residential roads and given a lower priority based on speed and traffic volume, according to the city’s maintenance priority map. Priority three streets are usually dead ends and cul-de-sacs, according to the website.

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Foster said most of the priority two roads should be done by the end of the business day Tuesday, but if there’s additional snow, crews may have to re-plow the main roads.

Beginning at roughly noon Monday, downtown Juneau and Douglas received about eight inches of snow, according to Daniel Hartsock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Juneau. The valley got about six inches while Auke Bay got only two, Hartsock said.

More snow is expected through midnight Tuesday, Hartsock said, with another two-three inches on the way.

“Wednesday evening is the best chance for the next heavier snow showers,” Hartsock said. “Starting Thursday not much snow but colder temperatures.”

Jeff Thole clears the sidewalk on snow in front of Louie’s Douglas Inn on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Jeff Thole clears the sidewalk on snow in front of Louie’s Douglas Inn on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

The weather could start to clear up but Saturday and Sunday are expected to see highs in the teens, Hartsock said, while overnight lows could be in the single digits.

Because of light snow this winter, the city has been saving money by not having to plow, Foster said.

“There’s not a whole lot of snow so (the plowing) is going pretty quick,” Foster said. “When you see a plow with a flashing light, give ‘em some room.”

Matt Brooks clears snow out of his driveway along Douglas Highway on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Matt Brooks clears snow out of his driveway along Douglas Highway on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Fresh snow covers tree branches along Calhoun Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Fresh snow covers tree branches along Calhoun Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Marylene Wales walks through the snow along Calhoun Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Marylene Wales walks through the snow along Calhoun Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Malia Sutphin cleans snow off her truck on Distin Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Malia Sutphin cleans snow off her truck on Distin Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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