Blizzard Sweeps Across Clawson, Schools Are Closed, City Has Declared Snow Emergency
The area received about 4 inches of snow with more snow accumulations expected by noon, blowing snow will create poor visibilities and make it hard to clear roads
Updated at 6:45 a.m.
The big blizzard is here.
Strong winds and heavy snow swept through Clawson Tuesday night and the National Weather Service expects the blizzard conditions to continue through noon Wednesday. Blowing snow will make it difficult to clear roads and create visibilities near zero, the weather service said. The weather service said "travel is strongly discouraged, but if you must travel, prepare a winter survival kit." Forecasters say the area received at least 4 inches of snow and 2 to 4 more inches are expected by noon. DTE Energy reported no power outages in Clawson.
Shoppers were out in high volumes Tuesday stocking up on food and snow equipment and the city declared a snow emergency beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Clawson Schools will be closed Wednesday along with child care, the pool and all evening activities. Guardian Angels Catholic School will also be closed.
Police say parking on city streets will be prohibited and motorists who don't comply could get a ticket or have their car towed.
People like Lynda Warner, of Royal Oak, were prepping Tuesday afternoon for a storm that could snow them in for a couple days.
"I'm so excited," Warner said as she bagged up her groceries at Aldi in Clawson. "I can't wait to be hunkered in with the family."
Warner, who has three sons, had a grocery basket filled with hot chocolate, snacks, ingredients to make chili and other items. Warner said she also planned to buy rock salt and gas up her vehicle before returning home.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Clawson City Council had canceled its meeting and the Clawson High School girls and boys basketball games were also canceled. City Hall will be closed on Wednesday, however trash pick-up is still scheduled for Wednesday.
Dina Miller, of Southfield, said her 11-year-old son was anticipating a snow day Wednesday and making plans with friends. Miller said she hoped to leave Thursday on a vacation, but said she fears the blizzard could delay or cancel her flight.
"I'm nervous," Miller said. "But I'm prepared just in case." Miller said she purchased three cases of water and enough food to last her family through the week.
The local hardware stores reported increased customer traffic in the last couple days. Dan Klepp, owner of Ace Hardware in Clawson, said shovels, roof rakes, flash lights, rock salt, calcium chloride pellets and ice scrapers have been selling fast. ACO Hardware also said sales for snow equipment were up.
Mike Biondo, of Rochester Hills, was in Ace Hardware on Tuesday afternoon shopping for rock salt for his home and work office in Troy. Biondo said the winter storm won't keep him indoors and he still plans to go to work Wednesday.
"I'm not concerned," Biondo said. "I'll get out regardless."
At Blockbuster in Clawson, manager Victoria Zalewski, said she had to call in an employee to work Tuesday because the store was so busy. She said some of the most popular movie rentals right now are Let Me In, The Social Network and Inception.