It seems like Santa Claus’ sleigh will have to arrive in Battle Creek later than anticipated this year.
The city of Battle Creek has declared a weekend snow emergency that will continue from 3 p.m. on Friday to noon on Saturday, postponing the 2022 Battle Creek Christmas Parade that was supposed to take place on that day.
The parade’s organizer, Harper Creek Optimistic Club, announced on Facebook that Santa and the yearly march he leads would need to find a new time.
The parade won’t happen tomorrow, according to the group’s Facebook page, because of the ongoing winter storm warning that has been extended through the weekend and the predicted snow emergency that the City of Battle Creek will declare in the next 24 hours. The Harper Creek Optimist Club is concerned for our community’s safety and recognizes that police officers and public works workers should be concentrating on keeping our neighborhood secure and the roads plowed this weekend rather than worrying about all of the extra support they give us each year for the parade.
The Parade Committee will be attempting to reschedule for a day in early December during the course of the weekend. They will make an official statement as soon as they can, but no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23.
The Battle Creek Christmas Parade has never been canceled due to weather, according to club members.
By Sunday, there may be an additional 10 inches of snowfall, according to the National Weather Service. Snow is forecast to start again Saturday afternoon and into Saturday night with strong gusts of 37 mph, according to officials. Snow is forecast to taper down overnight.
In relation to the snow emergency in the City of Battle Creek, vehicles parked on the street have until Saturday noon to relocate.
The Battle Creek Police will next attempt to get in touch with the owners of any cars that are still on the road.
Police issued a warning that as a last option, they may tow the automobiles. You may call the police in advance or leave your contact information on your dashboard if you don’t have a driveway or a backup spot to park. Call 269-781-0911 or 269-966-3322.
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Battle Creek Transit will maintain normal operating hours and bus route service.
Trips on Tele-Transit and BCGo will go as planned, and both services will run on a normal timetable.
The Full Blast Recreation Center will shut down at 3 p.m. tonight and on Saturday and Sunday as well. Participants in the MHSAA volleyball tournament who are utilizing Full Blast won’t be impacted by this.
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