The city of Windsor declared a snow emergency on Monday morning.

In a press release, the city said that more than 26 cm of snow had fallen since the storm began on Sunday afternoon. The emergency designation allows the city to prohibit residents from parking cars on main roads.

The storm also closed parts of the E.C. Row expressway Sunday evening because of white out conditions.

Starting at noon on Monday all arena, community centre and other municipal parking lots and garages were being cleared to allow residents to park free of charge until further notice. Getting cars off of city streets will allow road crews to work more efficiently, the release said.

Snow crews were salting and ploughing main roads Monday morning and didn't expect to start tackling side streets until noon. The city expected it would take 24 to 36 hours to finish clearing residential streets.

Canada Post was open on Monday but mail carriers were having difficulty delivering mail because sidewalks weren't being ploughed.  It was asking for the public's help with keeping walkways clear.