Snow and Ice Removal & Snow Emergencies

Removal of Snow & Ice

Snow Plow Safety Video - Courtesy of Rochester Hills

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When a snow emergency has been declared, all vehicles MUST be removed from the streets. Vehicles remaining on the roadways during a snow emergency will be ticketed, towed, or both.  Pursuant to the ordinance amendment adopted by City Council on March 23, 2009, residents will have up to six (6) hours from the time of declaration to remove their vehicles from the street before enforcement occurs.

Once a snow emergency is in effect, it will remain in effect until the street is cleared curb to curb or until the Assistant City Manager or designee terminates the snow emergency. This means that once your street is cleared on both sides, you may park on the street again. 

snowemergWe want to clear your street from snow faster than any other city, and we do!  During a snow emergency, please move your car off  the street.  Talk to your neighbor whose car is still out there.  The Streets crew is already the fastest around, but if you’ll make sure your street is clear of cars, we can do it even better.  We will clear every street if 4” of snow is on the ground, or a total accumulation of 4" or more occurs from multiple snow events within a 36-hour period.

The Assistant City Manager or designee will call the snow emergency, which will be announced on WCSX, WWJ, WJR, WYCD, WDVD, Nash FM, WOMC, WMGC, and the City's Cable Television Channels 15 (Comcast) and 10 (WOW), along with TV channels 2 (Fox), 4 (NBC), 7 (ABC), and 50 (CW). Snow emergency notification will also be displayed on the City's web site home page.


Along with the fun that winter brings, so comes the hazards.  Snow and ice accumulated on the sidewalks may cause undue hardships especially for our seniors, students and neighbors who use these sidewalks. City Ordinance 5-30, Section 23-1, states that all snow and ice must be cleared from the sidewalks within a twenty-four (24) hour period after it has fallen or accumulated.  Please be a cooperative member of our community and abide by all city codes and ordinances by removing snow and ice promptly.   

Snow Blowing
Lots of people now have snow blowers and mistakenly believe the appropriate place to blow snow from one’s driveway is into the streets. The thought seems to be that the City will plow it later or that it will melt faster. Blowing into the street does no one any good. The city does plow snow in the event of  a snow emergency. The snow that you blow into the street ends up a frozen mass or in your neighbors driveway when we push it. If we are not plowing, it only makes a snow-filled, passable road more difficult to travel.  When possible, blow the snow on your lawn and on the easement between the sidewalk and curb. Thanks for your help and consideration.

Parking Permits
Snow Emergency parking permits are available only to those residents who have a unique situation. Fill out the applications that are available at the front desk of the Madison Heights Police Station. Permits are then mailed out to applicants after final approval of the Deputy Chief of Police.