Winter season blows in with a huge dumping of snow

For Hamtramck and the metro area, winter came a month early on Monday when about 7 inches of snow blanketed the area.
Photo by Emily Pokoj


By Charles Sercombe
Monday’s snowstorm is one for the history books.
Approximately 7 inches of snow fell in Hamtramck and the surrounding metro area, and because the snow was wet and heavy, that led to tricky driving for many.
For those shoveling the snow, it poised a potential heart attack risk.
The temperatures this week are also some of the coldest we have had for November. Tuesday’s low of 5 degrees smashed the old record low of 12 degrees.
Despite the snow and bitter cold temperatures, the public schools remained open.
The last time we had a record snow fall in November happened in 1984 – oddly enough, also on Nov. 11. On that day, a little over 4 inches fell.
The snow here brought back an old tradition that was thought largely extinct: the use of crates and old chairs to save parking spaces.
At one time this was a common sight, and caused a number of neighbor wars. Hamtramck is a city where parking is limited and becomes fiercely territorial.
The city aggressively sought an end to the practice back when a state-appointed emergency manager was in charge of running things in the year 2000.
City crews would drive down the streets and collect the chairs. Apparently, residents ran out of broken-down chairs and eventually gave up on the custom.
As of Thursday, when The Review went to press, it looks like the metro area is heading for a warm up – into the 40s.
Winter, by the way, officially begins on Dec. 21.
So, what do the weather prognosticators have to say about our coming winter?
According the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Michigan may experience a colder and wetter winter season this year. Then again, the agency also said we have an equal chance of it being normal or even warmer than usual.
The folks over at have a bleaker prediction for Michigan. Button up, they say, because we are heading for a bitter cold winter, and the “cold air will encourage a number of lake-effect snow events,” they say. “Residents will want to stock up on shovels, as an above-normal season for snowfall is in the offing.”
Or as our office weather expert says: Who knows?!
Nov. 15, 2019

3 Responses to Winter season blows in with a huge dumping of snow

  1. Nasr Hussain

    November 17, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Why does it need an emergency manager to halt a very illegal custom that may cause frictions between the residents and might even lead to fights and damages to property.

    The logic is very simple. You do not own the parking spot in front of your house. The city does. Choosing to clear the snow around your car does not give you the title to that spot. Do not park there and you will not have to shovel the snow.

    If your car was snowed in, in front of the city hall and you dug it out, would the city allow you to place a chair there.

    Streets are public properties and treating them as private parking spots and placing trashy chairs there reflects badly on our city.

    Take into consideration that most people who reserve these spots have an under-utilized garages or backyard where they can park thier cars and place as many chairs as they desire to their hearts’ content.

    It is very amazing to see this third world policy of not enforcing the law because of the whims of certain people is being followed by an American city.

  2. Nasr Hussain

    November 17, 2019 at 12:31 am

    If the city wants to codify this practice, then they should pass a resolution to rent these spots to the homeowners in front of them for a good sum, maybe $500 a year, and let’s see how many people will take up that offer 🙂

  3. Nasr Hussain

    November 22, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Actually this issue is one of the many examples about the improper management of the city.
    If an accident happens, God forbids, and one of these chairs turns into a flying projectile that hits a child, or an adult, causing serious harm, injury or even death , the city will be sued for allowing this practice on its own property. Ending in payments of hundred or thousands or millions as a compensation that will eat into the city’s budget.

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