West Michigan plowers get ready for big snowfall

West Michigan plowers get ready for big snowfall. (File - WWMT)

Some snow plow drivers in West Michigan are planning to be on the roads by 3 a.m. and they are asking people to be patient about getting their area cleared.

Forecasters predict it could be the biggest snowfall so far this season and, although weather can be unpredictable, snow plow drivers in the area aren't taking any chances.

"I'm not really worried about it. I heard 6 to 10 inches. I haven't snowblowed, so I thought I would do it now and then do it again tomorrow," Kyle Till, a Kalamazoo resident, said.

Roberto Torres runs a snow plowing business in Kalamazoo County and spent his afternoon making repairs to his truck.

"We are going to try and get to our customers as soon as we can. We hope for them to understand that it's not easy to get to them at certain times," Torres said.

Employees at Portage Public Services are also making repairs to their heavy duty equipment.

Director Rod Russell said it's been in use all week and will be out again tomorrow.

"We run 10 trucks to get the locals and the majors done. We have 14 total, we run four extras as back ups if we need to," Russell said.

Westnedge Avenue and Portage Road will take priority.

Temperatures are expected to remain well below freezing, making salt less effective on roads.

"Sometimes if the salt and the boost doesn't work then we just go with sand in some of the areas to keep the traction there," Russell said.

Russell urges drivers to take it slow.

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