Businesses on Main Street are beginning to reopen their doors, but officials are asking that residents stay off snowy Hesperia residential roads until conditions improve.


City Manager Mike Podegracz reached out to residents, asking them to stay off the roads, via the city's Connect-CTY automated phone-messaging system shortly before 10:30 a.m.


"As many of you realize, this major event that brought over 14 inches of snow in some areas, is very unusual for the High Desert, and the city is not equipped to remove the snow from the 550 miles of roads in the city," Podegracz said in his message. "Our limited snow-removal equipment is being utilized in keeping major arterials, such as Main Street, clear. We ask that, if possible, you remain off the roads until the roads until road conditions have improved."


The city is practicing what they preach, as well.


"City hall will be closed on Thursday due to the weather," said spokeswoman Kelly Malloy, "but public works will still be working trying to keep the streets clear."


By midday, Main Street was mostly clear -- although inches-deep water filled some parts -- and grocery stores and some fast food restaurants were open.


The Hesperia Star is open for business, however, posting readers' pictures of the snow -- e-mail yours to editor@hesperiastar.com. Selected pictures will appear in the December 23 edition of the Hesperia Star.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.