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State Government Offices Close, Municipalities Declare Snow Emergencies

January 28, 2019 - 12:55 pm
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(WWJ) Snow has started to fall in metro Detroit as a total of four to six inches is expected to pile up across the area. 

With Winter Weather Advisory in effect until midnight Monday for all of Southeast Michigan, officials announced that the Michigan State Capitol and all state government offices in the Lower Peninsula will be closed for the day due to "emergency snow conditions." 

The State Emergency Operations Center will remain open to monitor storm conditions, and certain state offices will remain open for critical functions only. 

“This is about keeping all Michiganders safe,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “All motorists are encouraged to stay off of the roads. If you must be out, please drive safely in these dangerous weather conditions and be respectful of road crews working to clear snow and ice.”

More than 700 schools and universities are closed including Detroit Public Schools, Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University, Macomb Community College and Schoolcraft college. Wayne State University and Central Michigan University closed as snow strengthened.  <<Complete School Closings List>>

The following communities have declared snow emergencies:

  • Auburn Hills
  • Beverly Hills
  • Birmingham 
  • Bloomfield Township
  • Brownstown Township
  • Canton
  • Center Line
  • Dearborn
  • Eastpointe
  • Farmington 
  • Fraser
  • Grosse Pointe Woods
  • Hazel Park
  • Howell
  • Lansing 
  • Livonia
  • Madison Heights
  • Mount Clemens 
  • Oak Park
  • Plymouth
  • Romulus
  • St. Clair
  • St. Clair Shores
  • Trenton
  • Warren
  • Wolverine Lake

A snow emergency means residents must remove their cars from city streets. Those who fail to do so risk paying heavy fines or having their vehicle towed away. **Note: As the list above is not necessarily exhaustive, all area residents are urged to check with their city or township offices or social media for updates and information. 

In Warren, Mayor Jim Fouts is reminding everyone to being their pets indoors due to dangerous weather conditions. "Tethering a dog outside in this severe cold is against the law and can lead to a fine or jail sentence!" Fouts wrote on Facebook.

Speeds were slowed to a crawl on area freeways, with multiple crashes reported, early in the afternoon. ((More details here)).

Local law enforcement took to social media to warn citizens of trecherous road condtions, including Novi Police Chief David Molloy who urged people to consider staying home if travel isn't critical. 

In the Detroit, officials are asking residents to remove vehicles from streets "if possible" to allow contractors room to open path wide enough for two-way traffic

Crews from the Department of Public Works have been salting the major roadways and bike lanes to clear the snow that fell overnight, the city said, and DPW staff will continue to work around the clock in 12-hour shifts from now until Tuesday to make certain that all major roadways have been properly treated and plowed. 

Bike lanes will be salted as part of major street salting operations. Snow from bike lanes will either be pushed to the curb, or hauled away, depending upon the volume of snowfall. They are expected to be cleared with 48 to 72 hours after all vehicle travel lanes have been cleared of snow

Should snow accumulations in the city reach 6 inches or more contractors, who are assigned by district, will begin to plow residential streets for drivers to safely pass during travel. Contractors are expected to complete snow removal within 24 hours.

To assist with the effectiveness of the city’s snow clearing efforts, residents and businesses are also reminded that they are responsible for maintaining their sidewalks and private parking lots in a manner that makes it safe for pedestrians. Once cleared, snow should not be plowed into the street. It is prohibited to place snow from their property onto public roadways, responsible parties will be subject to citations.

In Lansing Mayor Andy Schor is asking people not to drive, if possible.

“People need to stay off of the streets so that we can clear them properly. City employees are working hard to keep roads safe," Schor said. "We will do our best to keep main roads clear as the snow continues to fall, and will get to our side streets as soon as possible.”

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