By Martha and Jennie

pic7Winter is a time of snow and cold weather in Ann Arbor.  The Ann Arbor City Administrator will call a “snow emergency” whenever there is a prediction of heavy snow or freezing rain.  To find out if a snow emergency has been declared, you can check on the Cable Television Network (CTN) Channel 16 or follow, Facebook, Twitter and local media.

To assure pedestrian safety, you are required to remove snow from sidewalks in front of your house within 24 hours of when a storm ends or risk getting a warning or fine.  To find our more, see

To free your walkways of snow and ice, the city suggests a mixture of salt and sand.  Did you know that you can get a free salt/sand mixture from the city by bringing your own bucket and shovel to 721 North Main Street or one of four city parks? See for more information.

If you happen to have a fire hydrant in front of your house, it is important to make sure that snow is removed so that it is clearly visible in case of a fire emergency.

When a “snow emergency” is declared, street parking is affected to allow the city to clean the streets of snow.  For example on odd days (say, Feb 3 or Feb 27) you must ONLY park on the side of the street with odd house numbers (say, 2555 ABC Street); while on even days (say, Feb 4 or Feb 28) you can ONLY park on the side of the street with even house numbers (say, 1134 XYZ Street).  This limitation does not apply during the hours of 8:00 pm to 12:00 am midnight to allow you to move your vehicle to comply with the next day’s prohibition.  Be sure not to leave your car parked on the street if you will be out of town for a vacation in the winter.  You may be unhappy to find on your return that your car has been ticketed or towed!

To learn more about how the city of Ann Arbor cares for its roads in the winter, visit

And don’t forget:  If the public schools are closed in Ann Arbor, all International Neighbors activities are cancelled for that day. You may find many other activities cancelled for that day and buildings closed.

Find out more about emergency preparedness from the Washtenaw Sheriff’s Department at


In a snow emergency: Stay home, stay warm, and stay safe!