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City declares Level I Snow Emergency ahead of approaching storm

A winter storm on Dec. 14, 2022, prompted snow emergency declarations from local authorities. school cancellations, and multiple business closures (Ryan Lewallen/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — City Administrator Mike Cole has declared a Level I Snow Emergency effective immediately ahead of an approaching winter storm, according to the City of Gillette. 

According to the National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, a winter weather advisory will take effect Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, starting at 2 a.m. Total snow accumulation of up to 3 inches is expected with higher accumulations along and south of Interstate 90, and motorists should plan on slippery road conditions.

The city’s declaration went into effect at 2:30 p.m. and requires all vehicles to be removed from designated snow removal routes no later than 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22, per the city, which says any vehicle not removed may be towed at the owner’s expense. 

According to the city, designated snow removal routes are at the following locations:

  • 6th Street from Burma Avenue to Gillette Avenue
  • 4th Street from 4-J Road to Gurley Avenue
  • Gurley Avenue from 12th Street to 4th Street
  • 4-J Road from 2nd Street to 8th Street
  • Brooks Avenue from 2nd Street to Warlow Drive
  • 9th Street from Butler Spaeth Road to Highway 59
  • Foothills Boulevard from Highway 14-16 to Echeta Road
  • 7th Street from Highway 59 to 4-J Road

The City of Gillette maintains two levels of weather advisories: Level I and Level II. A Level 1 Snow Emergency does not restrict travel, but it does advise of adverse road conditions including icy roads, reduced visibility and driving snow, per a Nov. 22 release. 

A Level II Snow Emergency would advise against non-emergency travel within city limits. Residents who choose to drive during such declarations may find impassable roadways and may interfere with snow and storm damage removal efforts, the city says. 

While city offices and facilities are closed during a Level II Snow Emergency, it remains each citizen’s responsibility to determine if their employer is open for business, according to the release.