Monday morning mess caused by freezing rain

A crash involving multiple vehicles on westbound I-94 at Beadle Road near Battle Creek. (Courtesy Emmett Twp. Department of Public Safety/Jan. 16, 2017)

UNDATED (WOOD) — Freezing rain caused several problems on the roads throughout West Michigan Monday morning. An icy mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow lit up the radar and created slippery road conditions.

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The Emmett Township Department of Public Safety issued a statement on its Facebook page warning drivers about ice-covered roads. Westbound I-94 at Beadle Lake Road was closed for more than an hour due to crash involving a semi-truck and at least two other vehicles. The highway reopened around 11:15 a.m. There have also been multiple crashes on M-66 between Beckley and downtown Battle Creek. It’s unclear if anyone was injured in any of the crashes.

In Dowagiac, local police say, a 17-year-old driver lost control on icy M-51 and crossed the centerline, causing a small truck to collide with an oncoming vehicle. The 17-year-old and a 14-year-old passenger were hospitalized. The people in the other car sustained only minor injuries and didn’t need to be hospitalized.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff Rick Fuller also warned drivers to slow down on his Twitter page. He went on to say they are working multiple slide-offs and minor crashes on I-94.

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The Gerald R. Ford International Airport tweeted that all of their runways and taxiways were slated to be closed until 11:30 a.m. due to icy conditions, however, those closures were pushed back to noon. As of 12:10 p.m., one runaway had reopened. Some flights were delayed and one American Airlines flight to Chicago was cancelled.

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Southbound US-131 at 124th Avenue in Shelbyville was closed for about a half hour due to a crash, but it re-opened just before 11 a.m.

A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect until 2 a.m. Tuesday for Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday for Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm counties.

Freezing Rain Advisory and Winter Weather Advisory issued for several counties in West Michigan through . (Jan. 16, 2017)
Freezing Rain Advisory and Winter Weather Advisory issued for several counties in West Michigan through . (Jan. 16, 2017)

Storm Team 8 said Monday morning the freezing mix would gradually make the change-over to rain, with locally heavy rain showers likely this evening and tonight. Afternoon temperatures will gradually climb into the mid 30s, slightly above freezing in most areas during the afternoon and evening.

As of Monday afternoon, the roads had cleared.


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