Superior leaders and business owners prepare for winter weather

Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 9:18 PM CST
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SUPERIOR, WI (KBJR)-- On Wednesday night, Pottery Burn owner Amanda Korhonen was keeping a close eye on conditions. She hadn’t decided if she’d open her doors Thursday.

“We rely on Facebook a lot for getting messages out, it’s just super quick and easy, so I will be making a post on there ‘weather dependent’, how bad will it be we have no idea,” Korhonen said.

Her biggest concern was the potential for icy, dangerous roads.

It’s a worry Superior Mayor Jim Paine shared.

He said the city cannot sand and salt roads until the rain stops.

“If at all possible, folks should delay travel until later in the day tomorrow, but if they must drive, they should give themselves much more time when driving. Don’t assume they’re going to be able to stop at any intersection,” Paine said.

He said the full street crew is prepared to come in when that rain stops and freezes over, around 3:00 or 4:00 Thursday morning.

The ice isn’t the only thing Paine was concerned about.

“High winds, I’m worried about them on the bridges and in any open areas, it’s going to be pretty windy so it’s a minor concern but maybe bring in those Christmas decorations and avoid the bridges,” Paine said.

He encouraged people to be cautious as they head out onto the roads Thursday morning, something Korhonen agrees with.

She said safety is the number one priority.

“Don’t put your life in danger just to pick up something, I mean nobody expects that,” Korhonen said. “There’s plenty of time, don’t rush, take your time, be slow.”

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