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Sunday Night Snow Blast Makes For Sloppy Monday Morning Commute

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01-27-14 131 at AnnSt NB

US-131 at Ann Street

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It was another morning of slide-offs and creeping traffic Monday after West Michigan got another dump of snow Sunday night.

The number of school and college closures did not help drivers who felt they had to get to work. By the peak of traffic volume, there were slowdowns on virtually all expressways.

Drivers on every expressway found themselves driving by at least one unfortunate driver in a ditch or in the median. But there were many reports of drivers needing help simply because they were stuck in the road.

01-27-14 131 in Allegan Co

US-131 in Allegan County, where our driver could not tell where the road was.

Country roads were particularly challenging, with the new snow and whipping westerly winds blowing shut many roads in Van Buren County. Plowing was so much a challenge in Allegan County that emergency authorities simply asked people to stay off the roads except in emergencies. Cass County declared a state of emergency and threatened to ticket anyone caught driving.

Among the dozens of incident reports in Ottawa County, the dispatch center reported that there were 10 vehicles stuck in the road on 96th Avenue near Stanton Street, which is south of Fillmore Street (see below).

After the morning drive, speeds on the expressways lingered just under 50 miles per hour as drivers still found themselves dealing with snow-covered pavement.


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