Beware of slippery roads

Snow on and off this evening is making many area roads slick.
Mark Brooky
Dec 28, 2012

We're hearing several slide-offs and a few more-serious crashes on the police scanner this evening. Be careful venturing out on the road tonight, as motorists are adjusting to winter-driving conditions.

Here's a word of caution from the Michigan Department of Transportation:

During winter weather events, MDOT reminds motorists to accelerate and brake slowly, slow down when visibility is reduced, maintain a safe distance from vehicles ahead and give snowplows room to groom.

While MDOT understands the desire to have traffic moving at posted speeds whenever possible, the severity of Michigan winter storms sometimes does not allow that to happen. Michigan's Basic Speed Law requires motorists to drive at a "careful and prudent" speed in all driving conditions to be able to stop within the clear distance ahead. It may require driving slower than the posted speed limit.

Here's the forecast for the Grand Haven area:

Tonight: Snow likely, mainly before 7 p.m. Cloudy, with a low around 25. East-southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 32. Light and variable wind becoming north-northwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

Saturday night: Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 26. West-northwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Sunday: Scattered flurries before 1 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. West wind around 8 mph.

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