OTTUMWA — It looks like Ottumwa is set for quite a bit of snow in the next 24 hours. The snow will start today, but most will fall overnight.
The National Weather Service is predicting 3-7 inches of snow Friday night and another 1-2 inches of snow on Saturday. The four inches of snow on the low end would be a significant winter storm for the area, and the nine inches on the high end would cause significant problems.
The forecast will shift over the course of the day though the changes are likely to be how much snow is expected, not whether the area gets hit.
Here are a couple links to help you handle the storm:
The snow emergency ordinance for Ottumwa goes into effect at 7 p.m. Friday. The city's snow ordinance is designed to speed the process of clearing the roads and getting traffic back to normal. No parking is allowed along the snow routes once the ordinance goes into effect.
Parking alternates on streets that are not designated as snow routes. Parking is allowed on the even side of the street on even-numbered days of the month. The odd side of the street is allowed on odd-numbered days.
Here is a list of the snow routes:
Albia Road (Ferry to Skyline Dr.);
Alta Vista (N. Court to College entrance);
Carter Ave. (N. Court to Elm);
Chester (5 corners to Johnson);
Church St. (Market to 5 corners);
Court (Fourth to Hwy. 63 N.);
Ferry (Intersection 34-63 to Mary);
Finley (Shaul to Madison);
Fourth (Iowa Ave. to McLean);
Green (Fourth to River Dr.);
Greenwood (Ferry to Skyline);
Iowa Ave./Morrell Dr./Elm (Hwy.34-Alta Vista);
Jefferson (Cook to Alta Vista);
Johnson (Greenwood to Finley);
Madison (Bardell to south city limits);
E. Main (Court to east city limits);
W. Main (Court to McPherson);
Marion (Main to Fourth);
Market (Fourth to River Dr.);
Mary (Hwy.63 to Shaul);
McKinley (Finley to Albia Rd.);
McLean/Woodland (Gateway Dr. to N. Court);
McPherson/Park Blvd. (Second to Court);
Milner (Richmond to south city limits);
E. Pennsylvania (Court to east city limits);
Quincy (Albia Road to Blackhawk);
Richmond (Church to Ferry);
River Drive (Washington to Market);
E. Rochester (Hwy 63 to city limits);
W. Rochester (Hwy 63 to Sycamore Road);
Second (Forrest to Iowa Avenue);
Shaul (Mary to Finley);
Sheridan (Church to Mary);
Skyline Drive (Albia Road to Chester);
Vanness (Court to Elm);
Vine (Madison to the 5 corners);
Ward (Church to Mary);
Washington (Main to N. Court);
Wildwood (Albia Road to Hwy. 34);
Williams (Shaul to Madison).