City of Asheville Snow Announcements: closures, free parking, and transit suspended

Due to snowy weather, the City of Asheville has announced that the city’s transit system will stop at 3 p.m. and that all parks related activities are canceled.

Here’s the announcement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City of Asheville

March 2, 2010

Contact: Dawa Hitch            
Day: (828) 259-5981
Mobile:  (828) 552-1311

City Hall to close at 1:30 p.m. due to weather, Asheville Transit suspending service at 3 p.m.

ASHEVILLE – A winter storm warning remains in effect for Asheville with snowfall predicted through the evening.  According to the National Weather Service, 3 to 5 inches of snow can be expected across most of the area.  The City of Asheville has closed City Hall and released all non-essential staff in an effort to reduce traffic on roadways during the evening commute.

Snow removal crews began treating roads this morning when snow began to fall and will continue to remove snow and treat roads through the night.

Asheville Transit is currently running snow routes and will suspend service at 3 p.m.  Updates on transit service will be made available.  Visit www.ashevilletransit.com or call 253-5691 for updated transit information.

Parking will be free in all city garages through 10 a.m. Thursday morning.  Citizens are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and remove cars from on-street parking whenever possible to allow trucks to safely navigate roadways with room to completely remove snow.

The following facilities and activities operated by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts (PRCA) department are closed or cancelled:
Community Centers and Senior Centers
WNC Nature Center
Asheville Municipal Golf Course
Food Lion Skate Park
All Athletic Activities:
Adult League Basketball at Asheville High School and Stephens Lee Center
Adult League Volleyball at Asheville Middle School
Youth League Basketball at Reid Center
Mountain Sports Festival Meeting at Montford Center
Adult and Youth League Hockey at Carrier Park
Youth Soccer at John B. Lewis Soccer complex at Azalea Park
     
In the event of an emergency, citizens are urged to call 9-1-1. Citizens who are in need of prescription medications or medical supplies and services but are unable to leave their homes due to hazardous roadway conditions may call 252-1110 for assistance.

      Residents are asked to call 251-1122 to report downed trees and emergency water problems.

      Updates about weather conditions and city services can be found at www.ashevillenc.gov and www.facebook.com/cityofasheville. The Asheville Fire Department will share information about roadway conditions and other emergency notifications at www.twitter.com/ashevillefd.

To report power outages, call Progress Energy at (800) 419-6356. For more information about what to do if you lose power, visit http://progress-energy.com/aboutenergy/stormcentral/outage/index.asp.

        This release may be found at http://ashevillenc.gov/news/news_releases/default.aspx?id=20902

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