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Posted on: January 29, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Wednesday morning: City offices closed, main roads passable but drivers urged to stay home

Public Works has had more than 30 heavy-equipment crews out all day and through the night and reports they had cleared at least one lane on major city roads by 5 a.m. Still, they urge people to stay home if possible.
Police reported a few accidents overnight but also multiple disabled vehicles -- some at major intersections. Traffic and disabled cars could slow progress on clearing roads, officials warn. They expect major roads to be cleared later today, but neighborhood streets remain treacherous.
Close to 8 inches of snow have fallen, and temperatures are about 16 degrees.
The city of Hampton will keep its offices, libraries and parks closed on Wednesday to all but emergency-essential personnel.
Public Works had more than 30 heavy-equipment crews out round-the-clock, but reported that the roads were re-covered with snow overnight almost as soon as plows cleared them.
While the city rarely closes its offices, said City Manager Mary Bunting, it should be done "when the safety of our employees and residents are best served with closure."
The city also declared a local state of emergency at 10:30 Tuesday evening, which could allow the city to seek additional resources or reimbursement for some expenses.

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