Kalamazoo gets up to 9 inches of snow

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — After two days of relatively warm temperatures, Kalamazoo area residents thought perhaps the snow had finally gone away.

“I was hoping so. I am so sick of it. I imagine everyone else is too,” said resident Mary Wyman of Kalamazoo’s Milwood neighborhood.

But those hopes were dashed when some areas saw nine inches of snow accumulation Wednesday.

Wyman spent a good portion of the day digging out.

“I did my path around the house, which is about 45 minutes, and then I did a little up by the garage, which was 15 minutes, and this. I don’t even know how long I was out here,” she said.

The snow also made a mess of US-131 and I-94, but the Michigan Department of Transportation had plows out to clean up. Ninety MDOT plows fanned out across nine West Michigan counties. generic MDOT plow

The most recent storm dumped a different type of snow, forcing the agency to change its plan of attack.

“The rain coming first, we were battling some icing issues and a lot of hardpack on top of that. This is not a nice, powdery snow. This is a wet, heavy snow,” spokesman Nick Schirripa said.

That wet, heavy snow clung to tree branches, bringing many to the ground. The Kalamazoo County Road Commission said half of its time was spent dealing with downed limbs and trees.

By late afternoon, things had improved significantly as the sun came out, particularly along I-94.

Even though the official start of spring is just nine days away, MDOT said it’s not going to put away the plows just yet.

“For the time being, we have no plans to take the plows off. The belly blades are staying on. We are ready for the winter for the time being,” Schirripa said.

But MDOT also said it is beginning to prepare for the upcoming pothole and construction seasons.

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