Rochester Turns Into a Winter Wonderland

Snow expected to continue Thursday morning.

At least 5 inches of snow fell during a blustery Wednesday in Rochester and Rochester Hills as the area transformed into a scene fit for a snow globe. 

According to the National Weather Service, the snow was expected to continue on Thursday until about noon; a chance of additional snow was in the forecast for Friday and Saturday.

The snowfall Wednesday delayed and grounded planes at Detroit Metro Airport and slowed traffic on Oakland County roads — including busy roads in Rochester and Rochester Hills.

"Heading South on Rochester. Barely slid to a stop at the light over the M-59 bridge. Very slick," posted Elizabeth Symonenko on the Rochester Patch Facebook page.

"Auburn west approaching Livernois pure ice. Just helped a guy in a pickup that couldn't get through," posted Leslie Brown.


Doug Brown December 27, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Why is Rochester Hills the only place in the area that does not shovel it's roads? Downtown Rochester, Auburn Hills and Pontiac were clean this morning , but Rochester Hills was a disaster. Cars were all over the place. Someone is going to get hurt if they do not get their act together.
Carol December 27, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I wondered that last year...and the year before that...
Peter Griffin December 27, 2012 at 04:01 PM
get a car or truck that is good in the snow. I know 4x4 or AWD doesn't make it any better on ice, but it really helps in almost any snow condition. It is also a big plus when pulling out into traffic when there is a couple of inches on the ground. It won't keep you from spinning out of control if you go too fast, but 4x4/AWD really helps to keep you from getting stuck -- also a big plus for steep driveways. I have the opposite opinion about Rochester Hills -- they salt way too much!!! On Christmas Eve, I drove 6 miles and my vehicle was caked in salt when we got home. Rediculous use of salt --- for less than 2" of snow. People do need to learn how to drive. Rochester Hills seems to salt if there is the "chance" of snow. Last year, I saw them spreading salt on Rochester Rd when we were projected to get just fluries. I guess they are trying to increase their use so they can justify a bigger budget the next year. I wish car washes, from Dec 21 thru Mar 21, were tax deductible since it's the state/city gov that dirties our cars/trucks and makes us have to use the car washes so much.
Kristin Bull (Editor) December 27, 2012 at 05:03 PM
SNOW REMOVAL UPDATE: We just heard from Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett. This is what he knows about the snowy roads in the city: There are 24 trucks out right now (11 large snowplows and 13 pickups). They started work at 3 a.m. and will continue until about 7 tonight. All of the major roads are open, and now they are working on the side streets.


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