Snow Emergencies in Allegan, Cass, St. Joseph counties

The morning of Jan. 27, 2014. (courtesy photo via ReportIt)

ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) — Three West Michigan counties have issued Local Snow Emergencies due to this latest winter storm.

In Allegan County, authorities say roads are hazardous, and advise essential personnel to be on roads only.  They say do not call 911, unless it is an emergency, according to a news release. As of 2 p.m. Monday, all Allegan County Offices will be closed including the courts. Court proceedings that have been cancelled due to the weather will be rescheduled, and all parties will receive notice of the new date and time. In addition, Community Mental Health will also be closing. Anyone experiencing a mental health related crisis and needs immediate support should call 1.800.795.6617 or 1.888.354.0596.

Scott Corbin, director of the Allegan County Emergency Management, discussed the conditions around the area during an interview on “24 Hour News 8 Daybreak” Monday morning.

In Cass County, authorities urge people to stay off the roads if possible. All non-essential and non-emergency travelers may be ticketed. The road commission said it “is still attempting to clear the roads, but [plows] are finding difficult to do with all the needless traffic,” according to a news release. The emergency will remain in effect on Tuesday.

In St. Joseph County,  authorities urge people to stay off the roads due to whiteout conditions caused by blowing and drifting snow. All vehicle traffic on local and county roads should be limited to essential traffic only, according to a news release.

The snow emergency is expected to remain in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday. They say that will allow time for the weather to improve and plow crews to get through as many roads as possible.

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