Had enough of the cold and snow already? It has been the snowiest January in this area in history. Add in the polar vortex and frigid temperatures, and it's been a somewhat trying winter. Why is it happening, and will it continue to happen in winters to come?
This week on Issues of the Environment our guest is Dr. Tom Kovacs, Associate Professor of Meteorology at Eastern Michigan University. Kovaks teaches courses on the effects of climate change on weather and will discuss the consequences for our county.
18 warming centers have been established throughout Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti to give the homeless a place to come in out of the cold.
Executive Director of the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, Ellen Schulmeister says shelter is available to anyone who needs it, and the Delonis Center is operating under relaxed amnesty standards through Wednesday.
Those in need of shelter can also stay during the day if needed.
Shelters will remain open to the public through Wednesday, although specific hours of operation vary from one location to another.
If you need housing or shelter call 734.961.1999
— Bob Eccles is a reporter and the host of 89.1 WEMU's All Things Considered. Contact him at 734.487.3363, email him firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @BobEcclesWEMU
The University of Michigan Tuesday canceled classes for the first time in 36 years. School officials based the decision on the extremely low temperatures forecast, and the danger they pose to students traveling across campus to attend classes. University of Michigan spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald says other parts of the university, such as the Health System, remained open. The cancelation of classes was a departure from Michigans's controversial decision earlier this month to remain open during a similar cold spell.
All Non-Essential Washtenaw County Government Operations and Buildings are closed.
Pittsfield Township Government offices are closed.
Ypsilanti Township government offices and the 14-B District court are closed. People with scheduled court appearances should contact the court on Tuesday.
The 15th District Court in Ann Arbor is closed and those scheduled to appear at Court today will be contacted by Court representatives to reschedule.
The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled.
The Ann Arbor Housing Commission is closed
The Ann Arbor and the Monroe Social Security Administration offices are closed
The Ann Arbor Hands on Museum is closed.
Garbage and recycling will be delayed by a day for Pittsfield Township residents.
The Ann Arbor District Library will open at noon today.
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is urging all patients who have non-urgent appointments at any of our hospitals and outpatient care centers to stay home. Contact your care provider to cancel your appointment and reschedule for a later date. The Michigan Heart offices are closed through noon today. Radiation Oncology for outpatient services are closed for the day. Most other offices as well as St. Joe's emergency departments will remain open.
The U of M Health System says it will keep all of its hospitals and outpatient care centers open.