Heavy, wet snow causing slick roads

US 131 and 10 Mile
US 131 and 10 Mile

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Snow is falling across much of West Michigan. Emergency responders are dealing with slide-offs, rollovers, and traffic problems. Storm Team 8 is forecasting 2-4 inches for Grand Rapids and heavier amounts to the south of Grand Rapids.

An accident along US 131 near 10 Mile resulted in an overturned vehicle. Everyone inside was able to get out okay. Driving conditions are expected to be difficult throughout the day.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for all of West Michigan until 10 p.m.

Storm Team 8 says the wetter snow will come up from the south and west. It will not be wind-driven, so there will not be a lot of drifting. Snow is expected through the day Saturday, with 2-7 inches likely for most areas. Grand Rapids’ forecast is 2-4 inches of snow. Most of the snow will fall during the daylight hours. A dry patch of air is allowing for a break in many areas this afternoon. This is expected be a heavy, wet snow. The snow will become lighter Saturday evening and end late Saturday evening.

In Grand Rapids: If you live in within the city limits and park on the street, Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom says it’s very important that drivers obey the odd-even parking ordinance, as hundreds of drivers have already been sited. With more snow coming, smaller plows are working their way through narrowed streets.

In Kalamazoo:  The city of Kalamazoo is also enforcing special street parking rules, in order to let the plows through. Check out the regulations here.

In Sturgis: Friday evening, Sturgis city officials declared a city-wide snow-removal emergency, effective Saturday, Feb. 1. As a result, parking is prohibited on all city streets until the snowstorm ends. Violators could be ticketed and towed.

 

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