- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Municipal plows and city-hired contractors cleared snow Tuesday from a few remaining Detroit neighborhoods overwhelmed by one of the biggest winter storms in the area’s history.

Major streets in Detroit already were cleared and the final three residential areas were expected to be plowed by midnight, city Chief Operating Officer Gary Brown told reporters.

The storm started early Sunday and left a good portion of Michigan’s southern Lower Peninsula covered in a foot or more of snow by the time it ended Monday morning. The Detroit area got up to 16.7 inches - the most since 19.3 inches fell in December 1974 and the third biggest snowfall on record.

Less than two months out of the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy, cash-strapped Detroit’s response still has been quicker and more successful than in some past years when many residential streets sat unplowed for days after heavy snows.

In 1999, heavy snow clogged road and nearly paralyzed the city during the popular North American International Auto Show, which brings in thousands of visitors and their money from around the world.

“We have a plan, and we’re executing the plan,” Brown said Tuesday. “While it may have taken a little longer than we’d like - we’d like to get done in 12 hours - this is an unprecedented amount of snow.”

Mayor Mike Duggan has promised that his administration would improve city services, like snow plowing. The city has increased the number of salt trucks from 35 to 52 and hired its fourth private contractor to help plow residential streets.

Detroit also is working with its public schools to clear sidewalks and streets near schools. Detroit’s public schools were among hundreds closed Monday and Tuesday due to the weather.

Schools were shut in Macomb, Livingston and St. Clair counties. Nearly all Oakland County schools and many in Wayne County also were closed.

Kalamazoo schools stayed shut. In other parts of Michigan, most schools were open Tuesday.

Cold temperatures settled in across the state after the storm. The low Tuesday morning was 7 below zero in Ann Arbor. Temperatures were in the single digits in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing.

Another 2 to 4 inches of snow was in the forecast for later Tuesday into Wednesday.

Authorities also released the names of three men who died in crashes while snowmobiling during the storm. Scott Moos, 45, was killed after striking a tree in Clare County. John Holland, 43, struck a gate in Oakland County. Aaron Olmstead, 34, was struck by a pickup truck Sunday evening in Berrien County.

On Monday in Pontiac, the Winstar Dome recreational facility partially caved in following snow.

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