Snow covered roads don't stop winter drivers from heading outside


    Interstate 94 east and westbound were both snow covered for much of Saturday while Michigan Department of Transportation plow and salt trucks were busy clearing the way. (WWMT/Mikenzie Frost)

    The roads across West Michigan Saturday were snowy and slick, but that did not stop drivers from hitting the pavement and braving the conditions.

    Interstate 94 east and westbound were both snow covered for much of Saturday while Michigan Department of Transportation plow and salt trucks were busy clearing the way.

    We met up with a few drivers who said they did not let the snow stop them from getting out on the road.

    “Stay not too close to people, drive slow, be smart,” said Dina, who was heading to Chicago.

    “It’s important to keep gas in your tank, too” warned Dennis who was filling up his tank at gas station.

    Van Buren County dispatch reported around a dozen crashes were reported since Friday night; Kalamazoo County dispatch reported 38 crashes were responded to since midnight Friday.

    “It just doesn’t seem like they’ve been hit at all, ya know, just slippery,” Tim said, another man getting gas Saturday afternoon.

    MDOT trucks were out salting and plowing the roads but the snow did not stop falling until late in the afternoon. Many motorists said they knew how to handle the wintry weather.

    “If you are born and raised in Michigan, you know how to drive in this,” Dennis added.

    With more wintry weather heading toward West Michigan, especially cold temperature, Tim had one piece of advice.

    “If you don’t have to [go outside], don’t do it,” he said.

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