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Police agencies telling people to just stay home


VAN BUREN COUNTY (WKZO) -- The County Sheriffs office has issued a request for people to stay home and off the roads.

Lt. Bob Kirk says they are getting calls of people being stranded in their motor vehicles on roadways that have become drifted over.

Falling snow, high winds and cold temperatures have combined to make it really dangerous.

They say wreckers can’t get to them because of the current conditions.

Kirk is warning drivers that if they come to roads that appear to be impassable due to drifting, they should be avoided and motorists should either find alternative routes or alternate accommodations until the roads can be plowed.

There is little plow trucks can do but scrape off the top layer of ice. In many rural areas the roads are drifting over just as fast as they can plow them.

Some road commissions have pulled towing trucks off the road because they were fighting a losing battle, and the closer you get to the lake, the worse it’s been.

Allegan County was forced to close some roads which became impassible overnight.

It may be the weekend and you may want to get out and play, but police are telling people to just stay home and off the roads if they value their safety.

Forecasters are predicting not one but three winter storms will pass through west Michigan during the weekend.

We could get 6 inches to a foot of new snow before it’s all over.

But as bad as it is, forecasters are saying that Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday could be even more dangerous with the coldest temperatures so far this season.

Here’s another reason to stay home.  

If you slide off a highway and end up hitting a guardrail or one of the new cable guardrails, you will be billed for the repairs. MDOT has adopted a “you break it and you buy it” policy to help defray costs. Spokesman Kurt Fritz says if you are at fault you will get a bill for the cost of the repairs.