The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of southeast Michigan, with predictions of as much as half a foot of snow by Friday at noon.
According to the alert, a strengthening low pressure system is expected to move into the area Thursday evening, bringing with it a mix of rain and snow that will change over to all snow Thursday night.
Snowfall accumulation of 6 inches or more is possible for portions of southeast Michigan by early Friday afternoon, the report says.
Drivers can expect snow-covered and slippery roads Thursday night and Friday morning, with difficult travel conditions during the Friday morning commute.
Students in the Ferndale School District are on winter break, so no snow day for them.
Ferndale Police Chief Tim Collins said most residents seem to understand they should only travel if necessary during a winter storm.
"Folks know when it's really bad out that if they don't have to go someplace, not to go. We would support that decision," Collins said.
Remember to move cars to driveway, police chief says
As crews work to clear the streets, Collins said residents should remember to clear their driveways and move their cars off the streets and into the driveway as soon as possible. Some residents with no driveway have a sticker allowing them to continue to park on the street – that sticker must be visible to police, Collins said.
"Getting your cars off the secondary streets is very helpful for the DPW and it also saves you a $150 ticket," he said, adding that writing tickets during a snow emergency is counterproductive for police. "It's not because we want to write you a ticket, it's because we want to get the roads clear."
Collins said residents should also clear their sidewalks as soon as possible for safety.
"Our biggest concern is to get your driveways clear and get your cars into the driveway," he said.
Salt trucks, snow plows 'ready to go'
A snow emergency will be declared if the city gets more than four inches of snow, said Terry Murphy, Ferndale DPW crew leader.
"We're ready to go," Murphy said. "We have all our vehicles that we use for snow, salting and plowing ready to go."
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