Lansing Mayor Declares Snow Emergency

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is seen in an Aug. 29, 2007 photo in Lansing, Mich. Bernero said Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 he plans to create an exploratory committee as he considers challenging Lt. Gov. John Cherry and others for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination next year. The former state lawmaker will file paperwork this week and plans to decide whether to enter the race early next year. (AP Photo/Lansing State Journal, Rod Sanford)
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Late Sunday afternoon, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero declared a snow emergency.

The declaration will prohibit non-essential travel and all parking on city streets. It also closes all non-essential city government facilities and services on Monday.

All City of Lansing sponsored events and meetings are canceled.

The declaration also activates the city's Emergency Operations Center.

Emergency calls, snow removal and resident safety will be directed from the center.

City officials are working with the American Red Cross to determine the need to establish overnight shelters.