The biggest snowstorm to hit Baker City since Thanksgiving has prompted the city’s public works department to schedule an overnight plowing and dumping crew.

With about 9 inches accumulating by 3:30 p.m., a crew of nine workers was slated to start at midnight, focusing on downtown and other high-priority streets, said Tom Fisk, the city’s operations supervisor.

Four workers will drive plows, with five driving trucks that haul snow to dumping locations, Fisk said.

He said Baker County has allowed the city to use one of the county’s graders, which is a major help.

Although the National Weather Service predicts the snow to change to rain, possibly this evening, with temperatures rising into the 40s on Thursday, Fisk said the snow depth is too great to just let it melt.

Snow from downtown sidewalks piled up next to the curbs can block storm drains and cause localized flooding, he said.

Whether city crews will also plow some neighborhood streets Thursday depends on how quickly the snow melts, Fisk said.

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