UPDATE: Storm leads to Farmington parking ban, school snow day

UPDATE: Area students will have a day off Thursday, thanks to a Wednesday storm that dumped several inches of snow across the area.

Farmington area public and private schools announced closures Wednesday night. According to the Farmington Public Schools website, factors that go into the closure decision include road conditions, impact of snow on parking lots and the ability to get students safely to school.

Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge campus on Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills also canceled Thursday classes.

The heavy snow also led Farmington officials to declare a “weather emergency” effective December 13 at 12:30 p.m. According to the alert, vehicles left on the street 12 hours after the declaration may be towed, and vehicles that are left in the roadway may be immediately towed if they constitute a hazard.

Officials lifted the ban on Thursday at 3 p.m.

Snowy Grand River
Traffic headed west crawled along Grand River late Wednesday afternoon. 

The storm prompted Farmington Public Schools to cancel all after school and evening activities and release middle and high school students early. Farmington Community Library buildings closed at 3 p.m., and several downtown Farmington businesses closed up early as well.

The City of Farmington Hills has created an interactive snowplow map that provides residents with information about where plows are working. The map is updated during business hours: tinyurl.com/fhsnowplowing.