Blizzard Blog: Snow Totals Less Than 1 Foot, Kids Have a Snowday
Keeping checking back with Royal Oak Patch throughout the day and night for complete storm coverage.
9 a.m. - Here is what you had to say this morning on Twitter to @RoyalOakPatch:
- @bodyman32: Roads were good except for the residential streets got to work in 35 mins as opposed to 25.
- @Jack9148: Hey southfield fwy, ever hear of a snow plow?
- @Beth_Patch: Hubby reports Woodward Ave. between Royal Oak and Pontiac is "beautiful," esp. Bham and Bloomfield.
Blizzard Warning Canceled
7 a.m. - So far, so good. Major roadways are being reported as better than anticipated, but still slippery. According to the National Weather Service, nearly 6 inches of snow accumulated since yesterday, with another 1-3 more inches expected for this afternoon. The Blizzard Warning is canceled for the Royal Oak area, however a wind advisory is still in effect. If you are heading out today, be careful. And don't forget to share your snow photos with RoyalOak.Patch.com. We will continue complete coverage throughout the day.
Preliminary Snow Totals Under 6 Inches
11:25 p.m. - From our ruler calculation, looks like about 4 inches already on the ground. And we don't know what is more shocking tonight, the horizontal snow fall or the fact the downtown streets are completely empty! Snow is expected to fall through noon tomorrow.
Winter Driving Tips
9:19 p.m. - The snow and wind is here. The best place to be is inside, but if you must drive read these tips from the Michigan departments of State Police and Transportation:
- To remain focused on driving, motorists should not text or talk on cell phones while they are behind the wheel.
- Snowplows often throw up snow clouds, reducing availability on all sides of the truck. And motorists should never attempt to pass a moving snowplow on the right.
- Always wear your safety belt and allow extra time to reach your destination.
Blizzard Warning Update
6:15 p.m. - According to the National Weather Service, the blizzard warning has been revised. The warning now takes effect from 10 p.m. Tuesday through noon Wednesday.
5:55 p.m. - cup.cake, 3202 Crooks Rd., is offering a snow-day special! Anyone purchasing a cupcake before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, receives 25 percent off. If you purchase a cupcake between 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday you receive 50 percent off your purchase. "It is because we're not going to be open tomorrow," employee Jackie Garet said. Flavors include vanilla, chocolate, blueberry pancake, peanut butter chocolate and red velvet.
Oakland Community College Closes at 6 p.m.
4:17 p.m. - Oakland Community College reports all campuses, including Royal Oak, will close at 6 p.m. Tuesday and remain closed Wednesday.
Royal Oak Public Schools Close
3:11 p.m. - Royal Oak public schools will be closed tomorrow, but tonight's evening activities are still on as of 3:11 p.m.
Shrine Announces Evening Activity Cancellations
3 p.m.: All evening activities for Shrine High School & Academy scheduled for after 6 p.m. Tuesday are canceled. The school's "Athlete's Mass" scheduled for Wednesday evening to celebrate a liturgy for all Catholic Youth League athletes and their families (fourth-eighth grade) and all Catholic High School League athletes and their families, has not yet been canceled, but if the school is closed Wednesday, the evening Mass will be canceled, too. Shrine school officials will monitor the road conditions on Thursday morning before a decision is made on whether or not to cancel school.
Public School is still a go!
11 a.m.: As of now, all Royal Oak school district planned events for tonight are still a go. Supt. Thomas Moline is monitoring his Oakland County weather sources and State Police activity and said he will make a school-closing determination at the appropriate time, possibly about 7 p.m. If classes for the public school district are canceled for tomorrow, sporting and planned events like the Sexting presentation and Superintendent Search Community Forum will also be canceled. The district is working on a revised date for the Supt. Search forum in advance.
Snow Emergency Declared
9 a.m.: The city of Royal Oak has declared a snow emergency as of midnight Feb. 1, meaning vehicles are to remain off the streets until plow trucks have gone through the area. City officials say those who do not cooperate could be ticketed and fined under a 1991 ordinance, requiring those responsible to move their cars when a snow emergency is declared. On-street parking is prohibited as part of the emergency, except with special permits issued through the Royal Oak Police Department. Emergency conditions are generally defined as a snowfall of four inches or more.
The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for 7 p.m. Tuesday, including a dangerous winter storm expected to hit tonight into Wednesday, bringing with it a possible 10-15-inch snowfall and winds nearing over 30 mph.
Once a snow emergency is called and plowing begins, city officials said, it takes about 24-36 hours to plow all city streets, depending on how much snow has fallen. Main roadways are plowed first, followed by subdivision streets, City Manager Donald Johnson said.
The City's Snow Emergency Hotline number is 248-246-3442.