Winter Storm Petros: An Ann Arbor Report

Winter Storm Petros reached Ann Arbor this morning and is scheduled to impact us through Thursday afternoon. With current predictions calling for 6-10″ of snow, I am compiling information on School Closures, Road Conditions, and of course snow day activities.

Winter Storm Petros - An Ann Arbor Report

Traffic Conditions

This morning we woke up just ahead of the start of the snow. My husband and daughter left for school right as the snow was starting to fall taking my SUV. They made it home safely after school – a little earlier than expected since my daughter’s after school activity was cancelled.

Unfortunately, tonight’s traffic picture does not look as good. Around 6p there was a fatal accident on I-94 eastbound and the road is closed at US-12. I just heard sleet/freezing rain again, so I recommend staying home to stay safe.

Winter Storm Petros - Ann Arbor Traffic

Traffic at 7p on Wednesday, February 24. I-94 East is closed at US-12 due to a fatal accident.


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If I hear of any more major road issues, I will be sure to let everyone know.

School Closures

Based on the storm forecast and the fact that it has been a mild winter so far, I am predicting that school will be closed on Thursday. I’ll be updating this section through the day on Wednesday and Thursday morning as closures are announced.

Wednesday Afternoon School/School Activity Cancellations

Thursday School/School Activity Cancellations

The current (8a on Wednesday) prediction from SnowDayCalculator.com still shows a 99% chance of a school closure on Thursday. My hope is that they will make the call tonight instead of the 5a phone call that we all know will be coming. At any rate, I have already shut my daughter’s alarm off for tomorrow morning so she can sleep in. If you will need childcare for a snow day, I recommend starting to make tentative arrangements now so you aren’t scrambling in the morning. 
Snow Day Calculator Results for February 24


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The more interesting result in the Snow Day Calculator is a 60% chance of an early closure today, Wednesday. In my daughter’s 5 years at AAPS, there has not been an early closure nor do I recall one from before she attended. As much as I want everyone to get home safe, an early closure seems like it could be a disaster if kids are sent home on buses and a parent isn’t home. With past history and the prediction of the storm changing to rain by 3pm, I don’t think there will be an early closure, although it wouldn’t surprise me if evening activities are cancelled. 

Winter Activities

My daughter is very excited at the prospect of snow since she wants to go sledding. She has been waiting for a decent snowfall since our last good snow in November when we visited Huron Hills Golf Course for the first time.  It looks like tomorrow will be a great day for us to explore a new sledding hill. We have already planned our trip, so the weather and school closure better cooperate.

Ann Arbor Sledding Hills

Last year we enjoyed making Snow Cream after a big storm. I only recommend making snow cream if you can pull freshly fallen snow that hasn’t come in direct contact with the ground.
Snow Cream

Other Closures or Special Openings

With the severity of the storm predicted for Wednesday and Thursday, it will not surprise me if some places decide to close early on Wednesday or open late on Thursday. As I hear of any closures, I will be sure to update them below. Likewise, if any locations add special open hours after a school closure (for example the indoor ice rinks), I will add that information here.

I have sourced this list from a variety of sources including the WXYZ School Closings List and the MLive storm updates and closures. Links to direct sources are included where available.

Wednesday Closures

Thursday Closures

If you have information on closures that have not yet been added here, please add it to the comments or send it by email.

 

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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