LIVE BLOG: Wicked Weather Causing Problems

WEST MICHIGAN (Feb. 21, 2014) — Changes in West Michigan weather Friday are resulting in a wide variety of problems.  Here are some of the main issues anticipated through the rest of the day:

  • Icy roads as temperatures drop into the 20s
  • Winds gusting in excess of 50 mph, causing power outages and other damage
  • Snow accumulations of one to two inches, mainly north of I-196 and west of U.S. 131

Find the latest updates on the situation below.  You can also check out interactive radar and the rest of the forecast on the weather page.

Photo above: A partial collapse of the canopy at a Speedway gas station on M-120 in Muskegon County (courtesy Tammy Gannon)

agillfillan February 21, 20143:28 PM

Southbound US-131 after 142ND Ave Exit 168 is now
open per MDOT.

agillfillan February 21, 20142:53 PM

BREAKING: Southbound US-131 after 142nd Ave Exit 68 is
closed due to a jack knifed semi per MDOT.

FOX 17 February 21, 20141:19 PM

Westbound I-96 at 68th Avenue is closed due to a crash per Ottawa County Central Dispatch.

Westbound detour:

Westbound traffic on I-96 shall divert at Exit 16 onto 68th Ave and head north.  Turn left on Cleveland St. and head west.  Turn left on 112th Ave continue south. Turn right on the I-96 westbound entrance ramp.

 

agillfillan February 21, 20141:14 PM

From Holland Police: M-40 is shut down NB and SB again due to a MULTI vehicle crash…M-40 south of 143rd

agillfillan February 21, 20141:06 PM

Southbound US-131 at 142nd Ave Exit 68 is now
open per MDOT.

http://fox17online.com/2014/02/21/deadly-crash-on-u-s-131-near-gun-lake-casino/#axzz2tysoWBOd

agillfillan February 21, 201412:55 PM

In Southern Kent County, the community of Caledonia is without power.  http://www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap

agillfillan February 21, 201412:41 PM

In Muskegon County, Montague Area Public Schools dismissing dismissing middle school and high school at 1:15pm, K-5 at 2:30pm http://fox17online.com/school-closings/#axzz2tggJ0Fhd

agillfillan February 21, 201412:32 PM

From Andrew Heykoop of Eagle Towing:
“Road conditions in Muskegon/Oceana County have deteriorated to the worst we have seen all year. High winds icy conditions have created an extremely dangerous driving conditions we have shut off several areas for towing response we had 1 wrecker struck this morning there are several semi accidents in the area and a county cruiser that has been struck several times on heights Ravenna rd. by moorland with the officer receiving unknown injuries.I will keep you posted as more develops.”

FOX 17 February 21, 201412:21 PM

Eastbound M-45 (Lake Michigan Drive) entrance to Eastbound I-196 is now open.

FOX 17 February 21, 201412:04 PM

Eastbound I-196 after Fuller Avenue all lanes are now open.

 

Jon Shaner February 21, 201412:02 PM

Latest conditions as of noon:

CITY           SKY/WX    TMP DP  RH WIND       PRES   REMARKS  
BATTLE CREEK   CLOUDY    32  23  69 SW32G43   29.51R WCI  17            
BENTON HARBOR  CLOUDY    31  22  69 SW29G47   29.57R WCI  16            
BIG RAPIDS     SNOW      26  23  85 SW20G33   29.34R VSB 1/4 WCI  13    
COLDWATER      CLOUDY    31  25  77 SW24G38   29.56R WCI  18            
FREMONT        SNOW      25  22  89 SW35G46   29.39R VSB<1/4 WCI   7    
HOLLAND        LGT SNOW  28  23  81 SW35G43   29.49R WCI  11            
GRAND RAPIDS   SNOW      29  25  85 SW32G44   29.45R VSB 1/2 WCI  13    
IONIA          CLOUDY    30  24  79 SW29G38   29.44R HAZE    WCI  15    
KALAMAZOO      CLOUDY    32  23  69 SW21G40   29.53R HAZE    WCI  20    
LUDINGTON      CLOUDY    24  19  78 W29G41    29.34R HAZE    WCI   8    
MARSHALL       CLOUDY    31  25  78 SW25G32   29.51R WCI  17            
MOUNT PLEASANT LGT SNOW  31  25  78 SW18G31   29.36R WCI  19            
MUSKEGON       LGT SNOW  27  20  75 SW29G41   29.44R VSB 3/4 WCI  11    
SOUTH HAVEN    CLOUDY    31  23  74 SW30G44   29.53R WCI  16            
FOX 17 February 21, 201412:00 PM

FOX 17 February 21, 201412:00 PM

agillfillan February 21, 201411:55 AM

Jen Dowling reports from a canopy collapse at a Speedway gas station in Muskegon County

FOX 17 February 21, 201411:54 AM

Eastbound M-45 (Lake Michigan Drive) entrance to Eastbound I-196 is closed due to a crash.

FOX 17 February 21, 201411:50 AM

Eastbound I-96 at 112th Avenue is now open per Ottawa County Central Dispatch.

 

Annalise Kransz February 21, 201411:49 AM

From the Isabella Co. Sheriff’s Dept: Please stay off
US-127 from the Gratiot/Isabella county line to the south Mt. Pleasant 
Exit.  Both the northbound and southbound lanes have been closed due to numerous accidents in those areas.

FOX 17 February 21, 201411:46 AM

The Ottawa County Sheriff Department is urging motorists to use extreme caution due to hazardous road conditions throughout the county – travel only if necessary.

 

agillfillan February 21, 201411:33 AM

Holland Department of Public Safety says M-40 is back open from Tulip City Truck Stop south of I-196 however closed south of I-196 however closed south of 143rd.

Annalise Kransz February 21, 201411:32 AM

From the Montcalm Co. Sheriff’s Dept.: DUE TO THE HIGH WINDS, VISIBILITY ON AREA ROADS IS NEAR ZERO. LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS
ARE HANDLING NUMEROUS CRASHES BUT ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY DUE TO THE HIGH WINDS
AND ZERO VISIBILITY. PLEASE ASK THAT EVERYONE REMAIN AT HOME AND DO NOT VENTURE
OUT UNLESS AN EMERGENCY UNTIL THE VISIBILITY IMPROVES.

Robb Westaby February 21, 201411:05 AM

Robb Westaby February 21, 201411:04 AM

FOX 17’s Darren Cunningham in stopped traffic on southbound US-131 in Allegan County.

Robb Westaby February 21, 201411:02 AM

agillfillan February 21, 201410:55 AM

Holland Department of Public Safety says M-40 south of I-196 should be open soon. Wreckers are on the scene of a crash near the Tulip City Truck Stop.

Robb Westaby February 21, 201410:50 AM

Video: Jen Dowling at crash scenes on I-96 in Coopersville

Jon Shaner February 21, 201410:41 AM
agillfillan February 21, 201410:35 AM

From FOX 17 viewer Aaron Meredith: “Allegan County Sheriff wrecked outside my house in Drenthe 147th and 40th. She got out of the car, looked like she had minor injuries.”




Robb Westaby February 21, 201410:34 AM
agillfillan February 21, 201410:32 AM

Viewer picture from I-96 near Nunica where the eastbound lanes are shut down due to crashes

Robb Westaby February 21, 201410:31 AM
Annalise Kransz February 21, 201410:24 AM

From the Allegan Co. Sheriff’s Dept.: Deputies and
Troopers are responding to numerous crashes, several involving injuries, on the
northwest side of Allegan County.  Visiblity is zero in many places. 
Please stay off the roads on the NW side of Allegan County until wind
subsides.  I am aware of road closures at 58th St. Between 136th Ave. and
138th Ave. and 147th Ave and 40th. 

 

Robb Westaby February 21, 201410:23 AM
Jon Shaner February 21, 201410:21 AM
Jon Shaner February 21, 201410:15 AM
Robb Westaby February 21, 201410:15 AM
Jon Shaner February 21, 201410:12 AM
Robb Westaby February 21, 201410:06 AM

Jackknifed semi on westbound I-96 in Cascade, spotted by FOX 17’s Darren Cunningham.

Robb Westaby February 21, 201410:02 AM

Fresh Blast Of Snow And Cold Surprises Some Drivers


Jon Shaner February 21, 20149:57 AM
Jon Shaner February 21, 20149:28 AM
Jon Shaner February 21, 20149:10 AM
Jon Shaner February 21, 20149:04 AM
Jon Shaner February 21, 20148:51 AM
Jon Shaner February 21, 20148:46 AM
Jon Shaner February 21, 20148:45 AM

Blowing snow is causing near-whiteout conditions at times.  It’s not because the snow is really heavy, more a result of the wind.

Jon Shaner February 21, 20148:45 AM

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