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Wicked weather wreaks havoc on West Michigan

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The sun was out Friday, but high wind gusts, up to 60 miles per hour, caused dangerous road conditions.

White-out conditions and drifting snow caused several crashes, one of them deadly.

A lot of people across West Michigan are asking what's next.

From white-out conditions to roof collapses, extreme cold, and now--potholes.

It's been a long winter for city crews and first responders.

In Bedford Township, on Holly Road, like many other neighborhoods across West Michigan, neighbors like Christy Davis are calling for action--a lifeline to clear away the ice caked on their streets.

Photos from Friday morning show how bad it's been for weeks.

Along US-131 Friday morning and afternoon in Allegan County, what could only be described as dangerous white-out conditions and swirling winds were blamed for several accidents, including one involving an Allegan County Sheriff's vehicle.

Thankfully, there were no serious injuries in that crash.

"People just won't slow down. If they would slow down and just take their time, I think things would be a lot better," said driver Dawn Whitlatch.

What's left when all the snow and ice melts? Large craters.

Kalamazoo city crews were out late Friday afternoon trying to stay ahead of the issue.

Most road commissions tell Newschannel 3 that this will certainly be one of the worst years for them in some time.

Drivers are urged to be careful, as potholes seem to be lurking everywhere. Drivers say it's much worse at night because they seem to sneak up on you.