Terrible roads and dangerous wind chills

Michigan as seen from space. (Courtesy photo - Jan. 28, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Roads all across West Michigan were still a mess Tuesday, leading multiple law enforcement agencies to ask people to stay home if possible.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 7 a.m. Wednesday for the lakeshore counties, plus the next set of counties inland (Newaygo, Kent, Barry and Kalamazoo)  for the combined effects of snow showers, drifting snow, poor road conditions, cold temps, and reduced visibility in snow showers.
A Wind Chill Warning remains in effect through 7 a.m. Wednesday. Wind chill readings will be -10 to -20, and as cold as -30 early in the morning for areas generally south of I-94.

The blowing snow could result in whiteout conditions along the roads.

There were hundreds of school closings and delays  for Tuesday, and a few dozen Wednesday: Check the complete list here

Area fire departments are asking residents and business owners to clear around fire hydrants. This will allow firefighters to start dousing flames more quickly in the event of a fire.

Inside woodtv.com: Snow in West Michigan: Jan. 26-27

== Stay with Storm Team 8 for the latest on weather conditions ==

Here are some of the latest conditions broken down by county —

  • Allegan County –A Local Snow Emergency has been issued. Roads are hazardous, and the sheriff is advising essential personnel on roads only.  Authorities ask residents not to call 911 unless it is an emergency. The Allegan County Road Commission said it hopes to get to all the roads Tuesday, though some drifting started as winds picked up. They say their budget year starts Jan. 1, so they are not worried about funding.
  • Cass County — The Local Snow Emergency will be lifted at noon Tuesday after it was issued Monday as authorities urged drivers to stay off the roads. Residents should note that Cass County Road Commission crews diligently continue working to clear snow from the roads, with continued focus on primary and local roads. Residents should note that subdivisions, lakes-area neighborhoods, and some local roads are not likely to get plowed until later this week, depending on continued weather developments.
  • Kalamazoo County — In the City of Kalamazoo, no parking will be allowed on the even-numbered side of all city streets effective 7 p.m. Tuesday through 7 p.m. Thursday. No parking will be allowed on the odd-numbered side of the streets effective 7 p.m. Thursday until 7 p.m. Saturday. This will making plowing easier and allow snow removal.
  • Kent County — In Wyoming, police are asking drivers to stay off the roads if possible. The City of Grand Rapids reminds property owners that they must clear their sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall. Complaints about uncleared walks may be filed at the city’s website or by calling 616.456.3243. People who do not clear their walks with 48 hours of a non-compliance citation will have to pay $120 for the city to clear it.
  • Ottawa County — Snow and high winds are many many county roads snow-covered and slippery. Many are drifted over and are impassable. Many vehicles are stuck, blocking the roadway and making it difficult for plows to get through. The sheriff’s department is asking drivers to stay off the road if possible. The City of Zeeland will be posting temporary no parking signs in areas where snow piles have narrowed the street.
  • St. Joseph County — A Local Snow Emergency Driving Ban will be lifted at noon Tuesday after being used Monday morning, as authorities urged people to stay off the roads due to whiteout conditions caused by blowing and drifting snow.
  • The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office says roads are icy and that high winds have led to drifts that are making some roads impassable. The sheriff’s office is asking drivers to stay off the roads if possible.

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