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Crews on the streets nearly 24 hours across W. Mich.

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - It's been an exhausting few days for crews on the streets nearly 24 hours a day in Kalamazoo and across West Michigan.

All night in Van Buren County, plows faced the same uphill battle, with blowing and drifting snow the order of the day.

Few drivers braved the bitter cold, Monday, giving plows across West Michigan room to work.

"We want to get everything we can possibly get; we have done that already today," said Ron Dotson, the South Haven Public Works Operations Manager. "We'll try to peel some of this snow back and make the roads a little wider."

The City of South Haven has followed the path of many others, effectively closing the town and urging residents to stay close to home.

"(I'm) walking in the street because the sidewalks aren't plowed," said resident Curt Lofblad, who we found walking in the snow. "I can't walk through 2-3 feet of snow."

Plows were out since 2:00 a.m. Monday working on clearing primary roads and secondary streets, which have to be done every few hours due to heavy drifting.

"We are going to spend as much time re-plowing roads every 4-6 hours, just with the wind, it's going to be just as tough as all the snow we've had," explained Travis Bartholomew, the Operations Director with the Kalamazoo County Road Commission.

It's a similar site in Kalamazoo, with only a handful of cars on Stadium Drive, and most choosing to stay home.

"A lot of people are having trouble getting out of their neighborhoods, things like that, because roads aren't getting plowed," said Sgt. Scott Eernstes, with the Michigan State Police Paw Paw post.

Near Paw Paw, trucks are running non-stop to keep ahead of Mother Nature.

Visibility along the lakeshore is near zero, and the wind is churning waves and throwing snow, which forces drivers to take it slow.

Road crews are anticipating another full day Tuesday.

They're hoping to get a break on Wednesday, and plan to clear out some of the larger drifts.

They're asking to make things easier, keep your car and garbage cans out of the street, and if you're following them on the road, give yourself some extra space.