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Posted on: December 21, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City declares snow emergency starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22

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The City of Battle Creek will declare a snow emergency starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22. It will last until further notice, likely through the weekend. 

In a snow emergency, parking on all city streets is prohibited, so our snow plow crews can clear roads as quickly and completely as possible. 

We will send updates if weather conditions require service changes as the storm progresses. The latest information from the National Weather Service tells us the storm will move in Thursday afternoon, and likely last through Sunday, with the worst conditions on Friday. Expect bitter cold temperatures, likely double-digit snowfall, blowing and drifting snow, and strong winds. 

  • Neighbors parked on the streets will have until 10 p.m. Thursday to move their vehicles – After that, Battle Creek Police will work to make contact with the registered owners of vehicles still on the streets. Police will have vehicles towed as a last resort.*If you do not have a driveway or an alternate place to park, please place your contact information inside on your dashboard, or another place easy for police to see.*
  • Full Blast Recreation Center will be closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 23-25.
  • Battle Creek Transit will continue current hours and service on bus routes, Tele-Transit, and BCGo. We will share updates if that changes.You can sign up for Transit-specific alerts at, in the Alert Center category. For help planning your trip, call Transit at 269-966-3474.
  • Republic Services will work through their regular pickups the best they can. We will share updates if the weather requires them to change or delay service. 
    • To receive garbage/recycling-specific alerts, visit and sign up for email and/or text alerts under the Alert Center category. 
    • Call Republic with specific questions at 269-216-8008.
  • The Calhoun County TEMP planis in effect and, provides guidelines for extreme cold weather shelter to the unhoused, and others who need it. The plan defines extreme cold as a -18-degree wind chill, and frostbite within less than 30 minutes. 
    • SHARE Center, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. They provide food, water, and blankets when available. 
    • First Congregational Church serves women, families, and the LGBTQ+ community 
    • Haven of Rest serves men and women/families 
    • Battle Creek Homeless Shelter serves men and women 
    • SAFE Place
  • You can follow city news and information in a variety of ways: 
    • Our website, You can sign up for a variety of email and/or text notifications at  
    • Opt-in by text for city news and alerts. Text BCNEWS in one text, and BCALERTS in another to 844-673-7474. Phone plan fees may apply.

Please remember that state routes and major roads are the first priority for snow plowing. Crews will move back and forth between major roads and neighborhood streets as much as necessary. 

We appreciate everyone’s patience and contributions to keeping the community safe through this winter weather. Follow our weekly Snowtifications on Facebook and Nextdoor; we share tips and reminders throughout the winter season. You can also see winter information at 

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