From staff and wire reports

Paul Wong

The city of Ann Arbor has declared a snow emergency, with more than a foot of snow mixed with sleet and rain expected to be on the ground by the end of today.

As a result, snow parking restrictions are in effect on all city streets, including metered spaces, through Saturday.

On days having odd dates, vehicles cannot park on the side of the street with odd address numbers. On even-numbered days, vehicles are prohibited on the side of the street with even address numbers. Parking in no-parking zones or in front of fire hydrants is still illegal.

Consequently, south of Huron Street and east of Main Street, which includes most of Central Campus, parking is prohibited on the north and east sides of all streets today and tomorrow. Parking on the south and west sides of the streets is banned Saturday.

The only time the parking restrictions do not apply is between 8 p.m. and midnight so vehicles can be moved to comply with the next day”s regulations.

Vehicles that are not moved in accordance with the regulation will be fined $125 and may be towed.

Ann Arbor Public Schools decided last night to cancel classes today.

Genesee, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne counties were under a winter storm warning through this afternoon. Bay, Huron, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties were under a snow advisory.

The northern part of the region would see the greatest proportion of snow, with the southern areas getting a messy mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain, forecasters said.

The precipitation was expected to continue falling through tomorrow, but not with the same fervor as last night”s.

Barb Hogan, spokeswoman for Detroit Metropolitan Airport, said only a handful of flights had been delayed or canceled because of the weather last night. All runways were clear, and airport and airline officials were closely monitoring the storm.

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