Icy roads, crashes and frigid temps

Slow traffic along U.S. 131 in Allegan County due to blowing and drifting snow. (Jan. 29, 2014)
Slow traffic along U.S. 131 in Allegan County due to blowing and drifting snow. (Jan. 29, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) -Very icy roads are a factor in many slide-offs and crashes Wednesday.

Here are the latest incidents –

  • At 3:25 p.m., southbound US-131 reopened at 100th Street in Allegan County, south of the Kent County line, after a semi-truck jackknifed, MDOT reported.
  • At 1:13 p.m., southbound I-196 after BR I-196 at mile marker 42 near Blue Star Highway northeast of Saugatuck in Allegan County has been cleared after a crash occurred around 11:51 a.m,. according to MDOT.
  • At 1:07 p.m., crashes on northbound and southbound M-199 (Michigan Avenue) at the 26 mile marker near Albion in Calhoun County are now clear, according to MDOT
  • At 12:24 p.m., a crash on westbound I-96 at M-11 (28th Street) in Cascade Township in Kent County has been cleared after occurring around 11:12 a.m., according to MDOT

Many roads are still snow-covered, or being covered with new snow due to strong winds, and have a layer of ice underneath the snow.

Allegan County authorities say 58th Street between 136th and 139th avenues northeast of Saugatuck in Allegan County will be closed until 5 p.m. Wednesday for snow removal.

From Storm Team 8 during "Daybreak" on Jan. 29, 2014
From Storm Team 8 during “Daybreak” on Jan. 29, 2014

Temperatures will rise to the teens later in the day, with some sunshine. Check out the Storm Team 8 forecast here.

Sixty-three percent of the days this winter season have had below-average temperatures, according to Storm Team 8. The average temperature for January has been -7. The average temperature for this season has been -5.1. Temperatures this month have been 10 degrees colder than January 2013.

Temperatures for February 5-11 will be much below average, with an average high of 30 and an average low of 18.

The cold temperatures, as well as terrible road conditions, have resulted in hundreds of schools to close again. Check out the complete list here.

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