KENT COUNTY, Michigan – Continued snowfall and heavy winds make Christmas Eve a harmful time for driving within the Grand Rapids space, officers stated.
“Our message is do not drive until you need to,” Kent County Freeway Fee officers stated in a information launch on Saturday morning, Dec. 24.
The daytime street crew began on schedule at 6am, changing the nighttime crew. Crew members are working with entrance plows and graders in situations like a whiteout snowstorm to get the roads reopened right this moment, officers stated.
Poor visibility persists, with zero visibility in some rural areas of Kent County. Officers stated some areas have reported impassable situations on account of greater than a foot of snow on the roads.
The objective of the Roads Fee on Saturday is to create “satisfactory situations” on some of these rural roads, particularly roads operating north and south, and open them as much as emergency companies, officers stated. Medium protection will likely be positioned on state roads and heavily-trafficked highways that had been handled in a single day, however are nonetheless affected by hardpack and icy situations, officers stated.
With roads within the county nonetheless frozen in strong plenty, sturdy gusts of wind persevering with and visibility restricted, drivers might want to train excessive warning when touring, officers stated.
Based mostly on projections, officers estimate the county will be capable of absolutely apply the deicer on the Sunday following Monday. With the present wind chill beneath freezing, the blowing wind will unfold the salt, dilute it and refreeze it, making a thicker layer of ice, officers stated.
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