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Winter Weather Closes Birmingham Public Schools Wednesday

A winter weather advisory expires at noon today, with the National Weather Service warning that heavy snow could cause power outages.

Birmingham students will have more time to celebrate winter break this week after a night of heavy snow closed Birmingham Public Schools for the day.

Also closed on Wednesday:

  • Brother Rice High School
  • Cranbrook Schools
  • Detroit Country Day
  • Holy Name Catholic School
  • Marian High School
  • Roeper Schools
  • St. Hugo of the Hills
  • Eton Academy
  • Our Shepherd Lutheran School

A winter weather advisory extends into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. While the snow will lighten up Wednesday morning and temperatures will hover just above freezing, that means the snow that does accumulate will be heavy and wet.

Heavy snow means there's a greater risk for downed tree branches and power lines — such as the power lines that went down on South Eton Road Tuesday night, closing the street between Maple and Hazel for several hours while knocking out power to several homes and businesses.

As of Wednesday morning, more than 450 Birmingham residents were without power, according to the DTE Outage Map.

The winter weather advisory remains into effect until noon Wednesday, with snowfall rates of one inch an hour possible into the daytime hours. Slushy snow can also cause travel difficulties.

As of 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, Birmingham is under a snow emergency, meaning residents need to move their cars from residential streets so plows can move through. If cars aren't moved, they could be towed, Birmingham police say.

Wednesday night, snowfall of up to an inch is possible while the highs today will be near 36 degrees. The chance of snow — less than one inch, though — continues into Thursday, when the high will be near 35 degrees.

Don't get a snow day? Stay safe during your commute Wednesday morning by checking our live traffic map before you leave for work.

Sandy Wood February 27, 2013 at 10:54 PM
For those curious, that huge explosion around 5pm was a house exploding in Royal Oak near Normandy & Woodward... it shook our whole house here on Sheffield in Birmingham. Scary!
Laura Houser (Editor) February 28, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Wasn't that wild Sandy? I heard it too and wasn't sure what it was at first. Here's the story on Royal Oak Patch http://patch.com/A-2ttm
Sandy Wood February 28, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Thanks,Laura - yeah, we've been keeping up with it since. All our neighbors were outside wondering what was going on. When everybody said they thought a tree had hit their home, we knew it was something big. I knew a comment would pop up on the "What People Are Saying" section on the site (like this one will), so I went that route. We Brummies are thinking of our Royal Oak neighbors, and wish them the best.

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