SNOW EMERGENCY CONTINUES: Here are some tips to remember during a heavy snowfall

The City of Taylor declared a SNOW EMERGENCY yesterday (Wednesday, January 1, 2014). Due to the heavy snowfall, which is expected to continue throughout the morning hours, the SNOW EMERGENCY remains in effect.

According to Weather Central, the forecast for today is for a high of 16 degrees with snow continuing until about 3 p.m. Wind chill will range to as low at minus 3 degrees. Total daytime snow accumulation is predicted at 1 to 2 inches. Tonight, there is a chance of snow before 9 p.m. Wind chill will dip to as low at minus 15 degrees.

The good news is that tomorrow (Friday, January 3) is forecast for sunny -- but with wind chill dipping to as low at minus 12.

What should residents expect when a heavy snowfall hits?

In the City of Taylor, Department of Public Works employees are going to work at the first sign of trouble and, as in this case, are going to continue working around the clock. But despite a concentrated, dedicated DPW crew, they are not going to clear every thoroughfare immediately.

During a snowfall, the DPW clears and salts street in the following manner:

  1. Major city streets come first. Depending on the snowfall, the DPW may have to circle back several times to keep major thoroughfares clear and safe.
  2. Bus routes and secondary streets are second on the list.
  3. After the majors and secondary thoroughfares are clear, the crew focuses on residential streets. Where do they start? They pick up on the trash route of that particular day of the week and continue in rotation until all of the streets are clear.

Those are just some of the factors that go into a problematic snowfall or ice storm. During a SNOW EMERGENCY, parked vehicles need to be off the streets so that DPW plows can do the best job possible. If parked vehicles are not moved off of the streets during a SNOW EMERGENCY, they can be ticketed by police.

It is also in the interest of the residents of the city to use common sense when it comes to all Michigan's heavy snowfalls. If you hear an advanced weather report that is calling for heavy snow on a certain day, don't wait for a snow emergency to be called -- take action yourself. Keep your vehicle off the street and monitor local media outlets and the City's Website for up-to-date information.

If you are plowing your own property, do not plow the snow into the street. Make sure that you are piling snow on your property in a safe manner to keep sightlines open. Plowing snow off of your property and into the street often defeats the purpose of the DPW trucks. If you have to visit City of Taylor buildings, keep in mind that the building and maintenance crews are constantly plowing, shoveling and salting in an effort to stay ahead of the ugly weather. However, please be patient because some snowfalls -- like the one we are experiencing today -- are going to present ongoing problems until they are over. The best suggestion in weather like this is to avoid traveling outdoors unless it is absolutely necessary.

The City of Taylor would like all of its residents to recognize that all of its departments are doing the best that they can do in a bad situation. By keeping some of these issues in mind, we feel that everyone can "weather the storm" when Michigan winters rear their ugly heads.

In addition to the aforementioned information, Wayne County this week unveiled a new app for smart phones and tablet devices. For more on that subject, please click here.

Should you have specific concerns, email Mayor Sollars' office at