Dearborn Declares Snow Emergency From noon Monday, Jan. 27 through 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28

The City of Dearborn is declaring a snow emergency from noon Monday, Jan. 27 through 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The City’s outdoor sirens will sound at noon to announce the snow emergency, and again Monday evening and Tuesday morning as reminders.

When a snow emergency is in effect, parked vehicles must be removed from the roads to allow for safer and more effective snow plowing. Parked vehicles will be ticketed. Police do not issue warnings. Tickets are $40 if paid within three days, $80 if paid later.

The declaration of the snow emergency over two days will allow crews to clear the roads of accumulated snow, keeping the streets safe for driving, said Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.

Plowing on Monday and Tuesday will also prepare the roads for more snow predicted later this week.

Extreme bitter temperatures mean that salt will not work to melt the snow, and so plowing is needed.

If roads can be cleared by plows on Monday and Tuesday, then it is likely only salt will be needed when temperatures rise later in the week. The City does not usually call a snow emergency when only salt is used.

“We know snow emergencies can be inconvenient for people because they must move their parked cars off the street,” said Mayor O’Reilly. “But that inconvenience is outweighed by the need to keep streets passable for all drivers, and to allow emergency vehicles speedy access to everyone across Dearborn.”

The mayor said it is important that people move their parked cars each time a snow emergency is declared, not just to avoid tickets, but also to prevent snow from accumulating at the curb. Over time, and with the repeated snowfalls the region has experienced in January, the snow buildup can limit drivers’ ability to safely navigate two-way traffic on residential streets. welcomes your views and encourages lively -- but civil -- discussions. Comments are unedited, but submissions reported as abusive may be removed.

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