Friday, 7:30 a.m.: A winter storm warning remains in effect for southeastern Michigan until 7 p.m., though predicted storm snowfall totals south of M-59 are just 2-5 inches now, according to the National Weather Service in Pontiac.
Snow will continue to fall in the area off and on through morning before it picks up again by late morning, according to the weather service. Heavier amounts of snow are expected north of M-59, where some areas could still see up to 8 inches of snow.
Wind gusts of up to 35 m.p.h. are expected starting this afternoon, causing blowing and drifting snow, which poses a hazard to motorists. In addition, untreated roads may become hazardous today, and travel conditions this morning will be slow in many areas. Motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution on the roads.
Thursday, 3:30 p.m.: Birmingham declared a snow emergency, beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, ahead of an overnight winter storm that is now expected to dump between two to five inches of snow on the city.
According to the National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac, a winter storm warning is still in effect until 7 p.m. Friday. A low pressure system that was previously expected to drop as much as six to eight inches of snow on Metro Detroit by Friday morning is now expected to move further north, hitting hardest north of M-59 and in the Saginaw Valley area.
Ahead of the storm, Birmingham declared a snow emergency parking ban for the duration of the storm, during which all street parking is prohibited.
Vehicles that are parked illegally will be ticketed and may be towed, though there are exceptions for residents who do not have a driveway. However, those who qualify for this exception must register with the and display an identifying sticker in the rear driver's side window. They are encouraged to park their vehicles as close to the curb as possible.
Vehicles should them remain off the street until plow trucks have gone through the area.
For those thinking ahead to getting to and from work, expect snow-covered, slippery roads and a messy commute Friday morning. School closings may be few and far between in Birmingham this morning, however; most schools, including all in the district, are on midwinter break.
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