LIVONIA, MI – With the extreme warm-up coming over the next 48 hours, the hard-packed snow on neighborhood streets, which has been in place since the last snow emergency, will be breaking up.
With a polar vortex and artic air returning Friday night and into the weekend, the concern exists of icy ruts and difficult travel conditions occurring on neighborhood streets. How much melting assistance Mother Nature will provide is uncertain at this time.
Therefore, city snow plow crews will begin a city-wide plowing effort as the snow-pack begins to break up to allow for the snow and ice to be plowed off the road. This plowing will likely result in a potentially large amount of snow/slush in front of driveways. This situation is unavoidable and, with the extreme cold returning for the weekend, the need will exist for homeowners and businesses to clear their driveways to avoid it turning to ice. Should Mother Nature provide enough melting assistance to clear the roadways herself, the plowing effort with be ended. However, this cannot be relied upon to happen.
To greatly assist in this effort and to help get all streets plowed before the deep freeze returns, please remove all parked vehicles from City streets no later than 7 a.m. Thursday, January 11, and earlier if possible. In neighborhoods that typically do not have many parked vehicles in the street, city crews may begin plowing earlier than Thursday. While this is not a snow emergency, we strongly encourage residents to cooperate with this request.