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Inclement Weather Updates - Winter Storm Izzy

Winter Storm Izzy is forecasted to move through the Hickory region this weekend. The City of Hickory will update this page as any delays, closings, or cancellations occur due to inclement weather. For the latest City of Hickory updates, continue to check this page as well as the City’s Facebook page, City of Hickory, NC – Government, and the City Twitter feed, @CityofHickory. As updates become available, the City will post the information and send out updates to the media.


Public Works Director Steve Miller describes the City's winter weather preparations and answers questions from the media in this video of Friday's media briefing:


City crews continue to work to clear the roadways. The main thoroughfares have been mostly cleared and crews are now working on secondary/residential streets. Plowing operations will stop this evening when the temperatures drop below freezing, but they will resume when temperatures improve. For questions regarding snow removal, please call 828-323-7500.


Garbage, recycling, and yard waste was not collected on Monday, January 17, due to the inclement weather. Solid Waste collection services are now running. City of Hickory customers are asked to place rollouts at the curb as they would normally and leave the rollouts there until they can be serviced. Recycling and Commercial Accounts will be collected as weather and road conditions permit. Yard waste and leaf pickup will be suspended for the rest of the week and will resume normally on Monday, January 24. For questions regarding garbage, recycling, yard waste, or leaf collection in the City of Hickory, please call 828-323-7500.


Hickory Public Library, both the main Patrick Beaver Memorial facility and the Ridgeview Branch, will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18. Libraries will be open regular hours on Wednesday, January 19.


Westmont Senior Center is closed Tuesday, January 18. Highland Recreation Center will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18. Ridgeview Recreation Center will close at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18.

Highland Recreation Center will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 19. Ridgeview Recreation Center and Brown Penn Recreation Center will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19.

Rotary-Geitner Park and Kiwanis Park are now open.

As of Monday, January 24, Henry Fork River Park and Neill Clark Recreation Park have been reopened. The natural turf soccer fields at Henry Fork and Neill Clark remain closed due to excessive moisture. The artificial turf field at Henry Fork River Park is open. All other parks will be open normal hours. 


The Hickory City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 18, has been cancelled due to hazardous driving conditions.


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