A snow emergency for the city of Reynoldsburg is scheduled to expire at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27.

During a snow emergency, parking is prohibited on city streets, and residents are directed to move their vehicles off the street. This will assist street-department crews as they remove snow and ice

Reynoldsburg Mayor Brad McCloud issued the snow emergency yesterday as the first major winter storm of 2012 hit central Ohio.

"We declared an emergency just so our snow plows can get through the streets and get them cleared," he said.

Warning notices are being placed on the windshields of vehicles found parked on the street, McCloud said.

"We try to be accomodating to people, especially since it's the holidays, and we may have a lot of visitors from out of town," he said. "Hopefully, people will move their cars voluntairly" before the city must take further action, he said.

City crews initially started salting the roadways yesterday morning but began plowing streets as the snowfall progressed, McCloud said.

Residents are asked to check on their neighbors, especially those who are elderly or disabled, he said.

"They can be our eyes and ears during this storm and let us know if someone needs assistance," McCloud said.