As the snowfall largely tapered off before sunrise Monday, West Bloomfield Township dug out from 10 inches of snow which closed schools of the West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, and Farmington school districts.
According to the National Weather Service, the afternoon forecast calls for clouds with a chance of snow showers and a high between 20-24 degrees, with northeast winds between 15-25 mph. The evening forecast has the low at 10-14 degrees with a chance of light snow.
Township offices were closed Monday because of the President's Day holiday. Several schools including the and the Walled Lake School districts began midwinter break Monday.
All school activities, including events, games, and meetings were canceled.
, 6343 Farmington Rd., and reported no cancelations for programs or classes so far, while the and remained open.
Roads largely remained clear for most of the morning, although by noon, area businesses reported seeing an increase in traffic. Myra Greenwald of West Bloomfield said that she brought her two grandchildren, Noah and Violet, along with their cousins, Sarah and Amanda Rasmussen, to the Main Library and enjoyed the freedom of space.
"We're on a long weekend," explained Sarah, a student of "I'm glad we didn't have school day. We got to go the library and just hang out with our cousins and have fun."
The Sports Club reported that a "bubble" housing tennis courts had collapsed in the early morning hours Monday due to the wet, thick snow cover. Although friends of the ownership worked throughout the afternoon to clear the area, no regularly scheduled classes were canceled and the bubble is expected to be fully inflated by tomorrow morning.
"We actually got lucky, because there's no accidents on the roads this morning. There are some people driving off of the road, and we help them with that," Diamond said, adding that no injuries were reported to the police. "Schools are closed and township offices are closed, so not many people are on the roads."
Craig Bryson, public information officer of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), reported that by 11:30 p.m. Sunday, RCOC had enabled a full fleet of 106 trucks out.
"Overnight, the challenge was that the snow was coming down so hard that we couldn’t keep up with it. By the time a truck finished its plow route, the beginning of the route was completely covered again," he said. "The challenge during the day today will be manpower. Our driver rules specify that drivers can work for 16 hours before they must take a break. We are now at the point where many of the first drivers to come in have reached that point and must take a break."
The storm is a result of the warm, moist air experienced this past week mixing with a cold blast of arctic air from the north. It is expected to move quickly through the Midwest and out to the east coast.
If you have any information about area businesses or government offices which are closed today, please use the comments section to let everyone know, or email me, the West Bloomfield editor, at Tim.Rath@Patch.com.
Check back throughout the day and into the night Monday for new weather news as well as information regarding possible closures Tuesday.