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City of Lansing Issues Winter Storm Guidance

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- As a winter storm and subzero temperatures head toward mid-Michigan, the City of Lansing offers residents winter storm guidance.

Lansing officials ask residents to limit travel to emergency needs only while city crews clear snow from major roads and local streets. High winds may also cause extensive snow drifts on city streets, which adds to hazardous driving conditions. 

Lansing residents are asked to remove all parked vehicles from city streets until snow clearing operations are done in the area. Lansing city ordinance prohibits on-street parking between 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., but city officials ask people to not park in those areas until the snow is removed. Vehicles parked on city streets that interfere with plowing operations may be towed at the owner's expense. 

City winter maintenance crews have been conducting salting operations on bridges, overpasses and major streets since 11 p.m. Saturday. Plowing operations on major streets began at 8 a.m. Sunday and city officials say crews plan to work continuously through the storm to keep roads as clear as possible. 

Local street plowing will begin as soon as major streets are cleared, but that may take several days. For a plow route map, click here

Updates on the city's snow clearing operations are also available through the city's Nixel text messaging service. Citizens can sign up for Nixel updates by visiting the Nixel website and subscribing to Lansing Public Service. 

City officials also want to remind people that city ordinance requires property owners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of a winter storm event. 

With extreme cold temperatures and subzero wind chills expected over the next few days, city officials remind residents to use caution by limiting their time outdoors and dressing appropriately for the conditions. 

The city's community centers will be available as warming centers during regular business hours. City officials will monitor the need for additional warming centers or overnight shelters and coordinate with the American Red Cross to provide needed services. 

City residents can call 211 for the latest information on warming centers and shelters, or if they need other forms of non-emergency assistance. For emergencies call 911. Additional information is available on the City of Lansing's website

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