There were 208 crashes and slide-offs between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday, according to Sgt. Steve Austin. From 6 a.m. Friday through 11 a.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to a total of 962 crashes, slide-offs and impoundment calls, he said.
Local police agencies put out several advisories over the past few days asking people to stay off the roads, if at all possible, due to extreme winter weather conditions. All local schools were closed Friday, Monday and Tuesday.
Heavy snowfall and below-normal temperatures have made it difficult for Road Commission crews to keep the roads clean and safe. Road salt becomes less effective as the air temperature drops below 20 degrees, said Ottawa County Road Commission Operations Superintendent Ryan Kemppainen.
West Michigan remained under a wind chill warning and winter weather advisory through 7 a.m. today.
Temperatures will rise closer to normal the rest of the week, with highs in the 20s and lows in the teens. Snow showers were expected this morning and again Thursday afternoon.