Snow Emergency Lifted

December 12, 2017

UPDATE—12:00 Noon, Thur., Dec. 14

The City of Ferndale announced that the snow emergency is officially lifted as of today, Thursday, Dec. 14, at 12:00 noon.

DPW reports that they are still cleaning up in parts of the city, including some streets and parking lots, and will continue to dp so throughout the day and into tomorrow, but the majority of the City roads and streets have been cleared and are safe for residents to park.


The City of Ferndale has issued a snow emergency, effective tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 10:00 a.m. An ending time for the event has not yet been declared.

Snow Emergency Parking

During a snow emergency, residents must immediately move vehicles from public streets to allow Department of Public Works (DPW) crews to remove snow/ice and clear roadways. Failure to move vehicles may result in citations or towing. 

During snow emergencies, the City provides designated snow emergency parking areas in each quadrant of the city:

  • West Breckenridge Parking Lot—Located just west of Woodward Ave. behind Treat Dreams/Citizens Bank
  • East Breckenridge Parking Lot—Located just east of Woodward Ave. behind The Fly Trap
  • Kulick Community Center—Located at 1201 Livernois Ave.
  • Martin Rd. Park lot
  • Harding Park Lot—Located on Mapledale Ave. at Wolcott St.

Parking in these lots is free during all snow emergencies, and beginning at 6:00 p.m. for overnight snow emergencies.

What Constitutes a Snow Emergency?

A snow emergency is called when a weather event results in rapid or extreme accumulation of ice and/or snow. Forecasts are predicting snowfall totals of 4-6 inches or greater accumulating Wednesday throughout the day and into the evening; DPW is calling the snow emergency ahead of the weather event, ensuring that streets are empty of vehicles and the team is able to plow quickly, safely, and efficiently.

Safety Tips & Helpful Reminders

  • It is illegal to “reserve” cleared parking spaces—objects left in street parking areas/spaces will be removed.
  • Think safety: clear fire hydrants and street drains when removing snow on your driveway.
  • When digging out your car, think about how you pile snow—don’t create new problems in streets or on sidewalks.
  • Keep your children and pets safe from plows—never allow them to play on or around roadside snow piles.
  • We understand the frustration when plows deposit snow around cars and at the bottom of driveways. Please remember that it’s not personal! The plow is designed to push snow, which makes it an unavoidable situation.

For more information about snow emergencies, please visit our snow parking page.


Kara Sokol

Communications Director