Several inches of snow already piling up

Updated: Saturday, February 16 2013, 11:42 AM EST
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – With more than a foot of snow expected in some spots of West Michigan, Newschannel 3 hit the roads to check out the conditions first thing Saturday morning.

As of 8am, several inches had already built up in Kalamazoo.

Many local towns saw light, fluffy snow from this latest system, which comes as welcome news to anyone driving.  Once the snow plows take to the streets, this kind of snow is relatively easy to clean up.

The weather is partially to blame for at least one incident Saturday morning.

A car lost control near Grand Rapids and skidded off the road into a pond.  Police say the 21-year-old driver was going too fast for the conditions.  Rescuers were able to toss him a rope to walk across to get out.

Police want to remind drivers, if you find yourself skidding off the road into a ditch, stay inside your vehicle.

“You're better off staying in the car where it's a little bit warmer,” says Sgt. Brent Converse with Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. “You're dry and you’re not in harm’s way of other vehicles that might experience the same thing and go into the ditch.”

In inclement weather, police recommend slowing down, keeping your headlights on and making sure to have a cell phone charger in your car in case you do need to call for help.
Several inches of snow already piling up
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