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Roads across W. Mich. slick after heavy snowfall
WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The snow continues to fall on US-131 in West Michigan on New Year's Day.
The road surface has a lot of hard-packed snow, and is very slick. Exits are slick and snow-covered as well, and most of the side roads don't look as though they've been plowed at all.
Thankfully, traffic has been relatively light, but it's still slow going.
Snow stayed over I-94 as well Wednesday, and fell almost nonstop.
Tow trucks and first responders struggled to keep up with the near constant slide-offs.
Near D Avenue on US-131 northbound, four cars went off the roadway at the same time.
At one point midday, there were at least a dozen slide-offs between Kalamazoo and Plainwell, with traffic at a crawl or sometimes stopped.
A car on I-94 near Galesburg flipped over, temporarily trapping the driver and passenger inside, and people that spoke to Newschannel 3 Wednesday said drivers were still going too fast.
From other drivers who were coming from the north, 131 really started to get bad around Allegan County and the Kalamazoo area.
Police are so busy with all the crashes in many cases that they aren't really directing traffic around some of the wrecks.
Drivers should be aware, however, that traffic goes down to one lane in spots until the wreck is cleared.