WIND & WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES

10 AM UNTIL 4 PM TUESDAY

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids issues WIND ADVISORIES for Ionia, Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joe, and Branch counties from 10 AM until 10 PM.  45 mph gusts or higher are possible creating the potential for some power outages, downed trees or branches.  

Plus, WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES start at 4 PM and last until 4 PM Tuesday in Ottawa, Kent, Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm counties.  Snowfall may exceed 6" through late Tuesday.  Blowing and drifting snow is likely.  

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Roads still hazardous in many parts of West Mich.

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Newschannel 3 caught up to several slide offs along US-131 Sunday.

Cars were in ditches from Kent County through Allegan County, all the way down to Kalamazoo County. Blowing and drifting snow was causing the most problems on the highways.

The snow has been coming down in waves for the past 48 hours or so, topped with blowing and drifting conditions, is making it a full-time job for M-DOT, county and city crews plowing the roads.

Earlier on Sunday, on the rural Allegan roads, you can see it's one of the hardest-hit areas in this latest storm. They're still snow covered, despite trucks running routes daily.

The road commission Newschannel 3 because of the high winds, they may clear the road and an hour later it's impassible again.
It's a good example tonight why drivers should stay off the roads. No one is exempt from the weather.

A large plow was stuck in a drift this afternoon, having to wait on a wrecker to pull it out of the bank.

While this is the worst winter weather West Michigan has seen in a few years, the road commission says they've seen it all before and this is about par for the course this time in January.

According to Larry Brown, managing director of the Allegan County Road Commission, "We're working seven days a week. The cold weather is hard on pounding back these snow banks and that's all hard on the equipment. We have 37 snow plow runs. We don't have any additional drivers, so if a truck goes down or someone gets sick, there's no one to take over."

On US-131, things are looking pretty clear, but out on the county roads, the biggest battle continues to be the wind and drifting conditions.

Trucks are so busy in Allegan, they weren't able to get to all the roads for a first pass Saturday.