A mix of rain, sleet and heavy snow Tuesday into Wednesday morning has resulted in a snow day for some Royal Oak schools on Wednesday.
School closings include:
- Calvary Christian
- St. Paul Lutheran
The National Weather Service issued the following alerts covering southeast Michigan, warning of heavy snowfall, dangerous road conditions and possible power outages in the storm's wake.
- A winter weather advisory in effect until noon Wednesday warned of snow accumulation up to 5 inches, coupled with poor visibility, creating hazardous conditions on area roadways.
- A special weather statement issued just after 8 p.m. Tuesday cautioned: "Visibilities in the heaviest activity will decrease to less than one mile. Snowfall accumulation during the next couple of hours will be between a half inch to an inch per hour. Motorists are urged to use caution due to fluctuations in visibility and quickly changing road conditions."
Due to the weather and road conditions, the City of Royal Oak declared a snow emergency as of 4:45 a.m. Wednesday.
According to the city, "when a snow emergency is effect, all vehicles on residential streets are to be removed or will be towed. Vehicles are to remain off the streets until plow trucks have gone through the area. Once a snow emergency is called and plowing begins, it takes approximately 24-36 hours to plow all city streets."
The snow is expected to continue Wednesday, with new accumulation up to 2 inches or more possible and a high of 36 degrees, according to the NWS.
What else is closed? Post closings or cancellations here; check back with Royal Oak Patch throughout today for updates on the winter storm.