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Cold Temps Delay Sidewalk Shoveling Rules

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(WLNS) - After most major snow storms, cities have a limited amount of time to shovel their sidewalks or face fines, but not this time.

Much of mid-Michigan saw 8 to 12 inches of snow. But with temperatures expected to hover in the low, single digits and wind chills that could reach -20 to -40, Lansing, East Lansing, Eaton Rapids and St Johns have all suspended their sidewalk shoveling rule for the time being.

"It will be unsafe to be outdoors for prolonged periods of time," said East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett on his Facebook page. "Under these conditions, frostbite can occur within 30 minutes. Please exercise caution and remain indoors if possible."

East Lansing has suspended the sidewalk shoveling rule for Monday.

Residents of Lansing may have a little longer. Randy Hannan, the chief of staff to Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said just before midnight on Monday that the city would not enforce its ordinance for 48 hours because of the "extreme conditions."

"Residents should put safety first and clear their sidewalks as soon as it is safe to do so," Hannan said in an e-mail to 6 News. "We will make an announcement about resuming enforcement at a later date when conditions improve."

Police Chief Mike Madden with St Johns said, "we will make an announcement about resuming enforcement at a later date when conditions improve." For updates from St Johns, visit their website.

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