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Snow Causing Backups Across West Michigan

WEST MICHIGAN – Snow across West Michigan is accumulating and causing backups on the highways.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Even though snowfall amounts were minor in Grand Rapids, traffic in the metro area was at a standstill Wednesday evening.

Around 4:50 p.m. south US -131 near Market Street in downtown Grand Rapids was down to one lane due to a crash.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports East M-6 near Kalamazoo Avenue was also down to one lane because of a crash.

Our FOX 17 Tower cam showing US-131 at I-196 (picture attached to story) shows a long line of traffic waiting to get through downtown.

Numerous spinoffs in the Kalamazoo area were reported Wednesday.  That’s where more snow accumulated during the day.

MDOT reported around 5:36 p.m. that east I-196 at 44th Street was also experiencing delays due to a crash.

A traffic dispatcher with the Kent County Road Commission told FOX 17 Traffic Reporter Robb Westaby they plan to have a full complement of plows on area roads tonight.


Winter Weather Update

WEST MICHIGAN (FOX 17) — Parts of West Michigan continue to see snow falling. Winter weather advisories remain in effect for areas south and east of Grand Rapids until 7AM Thursday. Accumulations will range from none north of Grand Rapids to as much as four inches along the Indiana border. Expect roads to become snow-covered and slick.

However, as this map shows, it is a lot worse to the south. Blizzard warnings, as well as winter storm warnings, are in effect for parts of Indiana and Ohio. Traffic is at a standstill across much of central Indiana, where some areas have already received a foot of snow.

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