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Tough road conditions make life difficult for drivers in W. Mich.

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Tough weather conditions in Allegan County caused issues for drivers--both on and off of the highways--all day long.

But the biggest problem area was definitely US-131.

Newschannel 3 talked to several drivers battling the conditions.

Many spots were hit or miss, as some areas were clear and dry, with no problems.

But without warning, you'd hit white out conditions, as the wind helped make driving conditions dangerous.

"Towards, you know, Portland and going toward Lansing there, and coming across M-6, it's all pure white out. You can't see anything," explained driver Nick Schmuck.

As if the snow and ice weren't enough to deal with, Mother Nature's thrown in high winds gusting as high as 60 miles an hour.

For our crew, and other drivers, just trying to keep the car on the highway was a challenge.

"With the wind being so heavy, it kind of, you know, pushes everybody off. They don't know how to expect that, they don't know how to brace for that," Schmuck said.

That was the case for several drivers, resulting in several accidents.

In some cases, US-131 was at a crawl or even a standstill while crews worked to clear crashes.

"I can see the highway from my house, and for three hours that traffic was stopped," said driver Dawn Whitlatch of the backups.

Some drivers tell Newschannel 3 that it was because of the news of all of the accidents that they decided not to get on the highway; but even the main roads had similar issues.

"It was slippery," said Cheryl Huisman. "I came down 146th Avenue and it's all ice. My van started kind of sliding so you just kind of slow down and you take your time."

The highway may look fine, and in many areas it is, but just a few feet ahead, you could find yourself in white out conditions.