Prepare yourself for snowy commutes Thursday evening and Friday morning.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for parts of southeast Michigan, including Livingston County, beginning Thursday evening and lasting into Friday morning. Up to 4 inches of snow could fall Thursday night, with up to 3 more inches possible Friday morning, the forecasting agency warns.
"Visibilities under one-quarter mile will be possible Thursday night," the NWS says. "Roads may become snow-covered and slippery, affecting the morning commute on Friday."
The City of Brighton Department of Public Services has been busy inspecting all of its snow removal vehicles to make sure they are in good working order, fuel tanks are full, and salt is loaded so as not to have to do it in the middle of the storm.
City officials said Street, Facilities & Grounds Division Employees are scheduled to come in at 10 p.m. Thursday night.
The City of Brighton has four 7-yard salt trucks to use on roads and parking lots and one utility vehicle for downtown and Grand River Avenue sidewalks. These are used when less than 2-inches of snow falls.
When more than 2-inches of snow falls, the city has four 7-yard trucks for plowing (and salting) roads as well as six small trucks for plowing parking lots, dead-ends and cul-de-sacs. The downtown sidewalks are cleared using three utility vehicles.
Crews are responsible for clearing 24 miles of city streets. Emergency Snow Routes are given first priority before attempting to clear residential streets.
The Emergency Snow Routes take about one to three hours to clear and include Grand River, Challis Road, Main Street, South Third Street, Brighton Lake Road, Rickett Road, South Church Street, Spencer Road, Liberty Street and Flint Road.
For the City of Brighton website for more information on City Snow Removal.