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Foggy morning in West Michigan with ice on the way
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Many West Michigan roadways are coated salt, and fog Saturday morning. It could be ice by the afternoon.
Many agencies all across West Michigan spent all of Friday bracing for the Saturday's potential storm.
The National Weather Service says rain and freezing rain will begin to develop this afternoon, leaving up to half an inch of ice by Sunday morning. They say significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible.
Here are some things for drivers to keep in mind if when hitting the roads this weekend. Make sure to top off the vehicle's windshield-washing solution and check the tire treads. That's especially important if you're traveling a great distance for the holidays.
Keep the gas tank full. Low fuel levels can cause condensation to form and fuel lines to freeze.
Stock the car with an emergency kit. It should include things like blankets, a flashlight and extra batteries, bottled water and high-energy foods -- like trail mix and peanut butter.
And, of course, make sure to give road crews extra space to do their jobs.
"The big challenge is the few of our trucks that have slid off trying to avoid drivers that have had accidents and have slipped," says Brad Lamberg, managing director of the Barry County Road Commission.
The Michigan Department of Transportation also urges drivers to take it slow in ice and snow. That ice storm warning is in effect from 1 p.m. Saturday until Sunday morning.