By DEBORAH GERTZ HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Quincy's snow emergency is over.
Mayor John Spring lifted the snow emergency, declared Thursday, about 9 a.m. Saturday.
"After talking to Central Services and the police department, we felt we were OK to lift the snow emergency," Spring said. "We hope we won't have to re-enact it again Monday or Tuesday."
Spring said he appreciated how people responded to the snow emergency declaration, which requires cars to be moved off snow routes so plowing can take place from curb to curb.
"It was a tough snow. It was hard to push this snow. There was ice and freezing rain," Spring said. "I appreciate people's patience, and I also appreciate them being able to move their cars off the snow routes."
Officials estimate snowplows "traveled somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 miles" with multiple trips to clear city streets, Spring said.
Plows may be busy again early in the week.
The National Weather Service calls for snow beginning Monday night and continuing into Tuesday.
"Early indications are this storm will produce heavy snow, well in excess of six inches," NWS said in a "special weather statement" issued Saturday morning. "Right now it appears that the greatest threat of heavy snow will extend from central into Northeast Missouri into West-Central Illinois. However, it is also important to remember that a slight shift in the track of the storm will also cause a shift in the axis of heavy snow."
If another storm hits, Spring said trucks and crews will be prepared.
"We'll be ready to go," he said.