UPDATE: I-94 closed near Galesburg due to crash; morning community saw minor problems
(4:45 p.m. Update) Right two lanes of Eastbound I-94 after U.S. 131 exit 74 blocked due to a crash.
(3:15 p.m. update) The Portage Department of Public Safety reports that an accident on Interstate 94 eastbound just east of Oakland Drive has traffic down to one lane.
(2 p.m. update) The I-94 crash near Galesburg reported to have involved more than 40 vehicles; at least one person sent to a hospital by ambulance.
(1:30 p.m. update) The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office is reporting that eastbound Interstate 94, from exit 80, Sprinkle Road to Exit 85 at Galesburg is closed due to a crash.
Emergency teams have been responding to a steady stream of slide-offs and crashes in the region this morning as the snowfall continues. And most schools as well as a number of businesses are closed today.
The weather has also caused some flight cancellations at Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport. Anyone headed to Chicago or Detroit by air Friday had to find another mode of transportation. Similar cancellations also occurred at Gerald Ford International Airport.
Those closures are one reason response teams were not quite as busy Friday as they could've been.
Michigan State Police in the region had responded to about six slide-offs by 10:30 a.m.; mostly they were cars sliding into the cable guard rails, a dispatcher in the Paw Paw post said.
In Kalamazoo County, there were no major crashes, besides one on Gull Road; a patrol lieutenant attributed that to the fact that school closings have kept people off the roads.
The Van Buren County Sheriff's office said there was nothing major in the county Friday morning, just a handful of slide-offs. Similar reports were given by the sheriff's offices in Calhoun and Allegan counties.
The Portage Police Department also reported a low number of minor slide-offs, saying it was much lower than usual for major snow event.
With several inches of snow already on the ground, Newschannel 3 meteorologists Jeff Porter and Christina Anthony are forecasting another 6 inches are possible through dinnertime Friday.
They're also predicting snow through the weekend.
Among the crashes, and roads to avoid, as reported by the Michigan Department of Transportation are:
In Muskegon County:
The right lane of U.S. 31 southbound at Colby Road is blocked due to a vehicle fire, reported at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
In Berrien County:
The left lane of Eastbound Interstate 94, after Napier Avenue, Exit 30, at mile maker 31.2, is blocked due to a crash, reported at 9 am.
In Kent County:
The right lane is blocked on U.S. 131 at Post Drive in Kent County due to a crash, reported at 8:45 a.m.