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Snow Removal Response
Snow on CarsThe City begins to salt and plow major roads as soon as snow starts to accumulate.  Hills, curves, intersections and school entry roads are a priority when there is any snowfall that causes slippery conditions. The City will begin plowing residential streets once major and local roads are complete. This operation takes approximately twenty-four (24) hours. It is the DPW's goal to clear all City streets within twelve (12) hours of the conclusion of a snow/ice storm.


Increasing salt prices and environmental concerns have influenced the DPW to change traditional salting procedures over the past few years. The DPW is implementing a change in salting procedures on residential surface streets. In past years, residential streets were plowed curb-to-curb and salted as part of the overall snow removal program. The DPW will continue to plow curb-to-curb and now limit salt application to subdivision entrances, substantial hills and curves, and the school bus routes. After the initial limited application, the DPW will monitor weather conditions and the effect traffic has on residential streets for twenty-four (24) hours. After the monitoring period, additional salt will be applied if necessary. The DPW believes this change in procedure is environmentally responsible and will reduce salt usage with minimal impact to traffic in these low-speed, low-traffic volume areas.  

Snow Emergency Declaration 

Effective December 1, 2009, in the event of severe winter weather, the Auburn Hills Police Department may issue a Winter Snow Emergency where parking on City Streets is prohibited until the snow event is over and snow removal operations are completed. Removal of vehicles from residential streets will be mandatory during a declared Snow Emergency.

  1. Police will post the Snow Emergency on the City website at www.auburnhills.org
  2. Auburn Hills has joined a program called NIXLE which notifies residents via email or text messaging any alerts relevant to Auburn Hills incidents or events, including snow emergencies. Go to Police Department on the City’s website for more information or register at www.nixle.com. Registration is free. Contact the Police Department at (248) 364-6850 for more information.

The DPW is asking residents to assist in snow removal efforts by keeping vehicles off residential streets during snow events until the DPW has had the opportunity to plow the streets. This has been especially problematic in larger, more concentrated subdivisions such as Hunt Club and the Bloomfield Orchards. Signs will be posted prior to a snow event at the entrances to these neighborhoods reminding residents to please keep vehicles off the street until snow has been plowed.

Plowed Snow on Driveways

Unfortunately, the snow plow operator cannot control the amount of snow pushed into a resident's driveway.  If possible, it is best not to shovel your driveway until after the plow has passed.  Please do not shovel snow back into the street once the plow has passed.  It can create dangerous ice patches for all drivers.

Damaged Mailbox

The City will repair mailboxes that are damaged as a result of the City's plowing operation.  Please call (248) 391-3777 to report the damage and the City will be out as quickly as possible to replace or repair your mailbox. 

What can residents do to assist the plow crews?

  • Shovel snow at the end of your driveway, and avoid pushing snow onto the road/sidewalk.
  • Move parked vehicles off all roadways.
  • Keep fire hydrants in front of your property clear of snow and ice.
  • Give snow plows and salt trucks extra room on the roads. Avoid driving in blinds spots of all snow removal vehicles.
  • Allow for extra driving time in inclement weather.
  • Be a good neighbor and lend a hand to those in need.