Remove Parked Vehicles During Snow Emergencies

DEARBORN, Mich. – Residents can help get the roads plowed safely and more effectively this winter by moving parked vehicles off of the street whenever three inches or more of snow is predicted in a short amount of time.

Keeping parked vehicles off of the street allows snow plows to clear curb-to-curb instead of working around parked vehicles.

Remember that when the City declares a snow emergency, you must remove your parked vehicles from the street or you could be ticketed and your vehicles could be towed.

Police do not issue warnings during snow emergencies.

Generally, you may move vehicles back on the street once the street has been plowed curb to curb and no further heavy snowfall is expected.

Driveway aprons do become snow covered during snowplowing operations.

Do not pile snow back into the cleared street. Avoid throwing snow onto your neighbor’s property without permission.

Note that a change in the city ordinance means residents will no longer be able to park vehicles across the sidewalk during a snow emergency.

This practice is being eliminated because it is in conflict with the American with Disabilities Act. A car parked across a sidewalk may block a person with a disability from traveling safely.

Residents are encouraged to ask their neighbors if they can share driveways. Residents may also consider temporarily moving their vehicles to public parking lots, including those at city parks.

You can check if a snow emergency has been declared via any of the following methods:

  • Snow emergency hotline at 943-2444.
  • www.cityofdearborn.org
  • CDTV, which is cable channel 10 on WOW and cable channel 12 on Comcast.
  • TV news programs and news radio stations.
  • You may also hear the City’s emergency warning sirens go off.
  • Twitter.com messages via the “cityofdearborn” account.
  • Text or email messages sent to your phone or email from the public safety information system known as Nixle. Sign up for alerts at Nixle.com.

Nixle, Sirens, and Twitter Provide Snow Emergency Alerts

DEARBORN, Mich. – Dearborn residents can help get the roads plowed faster and more effectively this winter by moving parked vehicles off of the street whenever heavy snowfall (three inches or more) is predicted.

That way, if snow plowing is needed, it can be done in the fastest and most effective manner. Keeping parked vehicles off of the street allows snow plows to go curb-to-curb instead of working around vehicles parked on the street.

Dearborn residents are reminded to remove their parked vehicles from the streets when heavy snowfall (three inches or more) is predicted to allow for efficient snow plowing. If a snow emergency is declared, residents must remove parked vehicles or they could be ticketed. Sign up to be alerted to snow emergencies via Nixle.com.

Dearborn residents are reminded to remove their parked vehicles from the streets when heavy snowfall (three inches or more) is predicted to allow for efficient snow plowing. If a snow emergency is declared, residents must remove parked vehicles or they could be ticketed.

Residents are reminded that when the City of Dearborn declares a snow emergency, parked vehicles must be removed from the street or be ticketed and possibly towed away. Police do not issue warnings.

Note that when snow plowing is needed, City ordinance allows vehicles in a driveway to be parked across the sidewalk without penalty. Residents should keep their parked vehicles off the street until the snow emergency is over, even if their street has been plowed once. Crews may return to clear roads again if conditions require it.

A general rule the City follows is that a snow emergency may be declared when snowfall of three inches or more over a short period of time is predicted. You can check to see if a snow emergency has been declared via any of the following methods:

  • Notice will be posted on www.cityofdearborn.org, and on CDTV (Channel 12 on Comcast and Channel 10 on WOW. Note that AT&T cable does not broadcast CDTV).
  • You can call the snow emergency hotline at 313-943.2444.
  • You may also hear the City’s emergency warning sirens go off when a snow emergency is declared.

The City of Dearborn also uses Twitter for snow emergencies. Just follow @cityofdearborn.

Snow emergencies may also be delivered via text or email messages from the public safety information system known as Nixle. You can sign up for alerts at Nixle.com