Up to a foot of snow in some parts of Mid-Michigan leaves roads a mess

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (2/11/2018) - Winter made its presence felt all over Mid-Michigan this weekend, with up to a foot of snow falling in some places from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon.

This jackknifed semi truck on U.S. 23 in Fenton Township caused a miles-long traffic backup on the southbound lanes Sunday afternoon.

Bishop International Airport received a foot of snow over three days -- 7.5 inches on Friday, 1.5 inches on Saturday and 3 inches on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Detroit.

In the Tri Cities, Midland received about 10 inches of snow over three days -- more than 4 inches both on Friday and Sunday, along with about an inch on Saturday.

All that snowfall left area roadways a mess. Freeways had been plowed throughout the weekend, but remained icy and slippery.

Many local roads remained covered in several inches of snow.

Crashes and vehicles in the ditch were a common sight all weekend. One of the most significant crashes on Sunday afternoon closed southbound U.S. 23 at Thompson Road and backed up traffic for miles.

A semi truck and a car collided, causing the semi to jackknife. Then a heavy-duty called to help broke down, according to the Genesee County 911 Communications Center.

The Michigan Department of Transportation was urging people to stay off the roads if possible to allow crews a chance to clear the snow.

"It's frustrating, we know that it's the weekend and people want to be out doing things, but if you don't need to be out driving in these conditions, it's best to just kind of hunker down and stay safe," said Transportation Department spokeswoman Jocelyn Hall.

The Michigan Department of Transportation had crews in Saginaw County working around the clock these last few days working to clear the roads.

"It is important for motorists to remember that our trucks top out at around 35 mph, especially when they're actually applying material and removing snow," Hall said.

Removing snow was the last thing Cyndi Crumb of Saginaw wanted to do on Sunday morning before heading to work.

"I think we've had enough for this year and I'd really like to see it go away for next year," she said.

While some people like Crumb aren't big fans of the snow, others are looking to make a profit off Mother Nature. Jacob Mcdowell was making some extra money snowblowing driveways in this Saginaw neighborhood Sunday.

"I got some clients I gotta do and asking some people that tend to ask me to do their driveway," he said.

For anyone totally sick of the snow, there's good news on the way. High temperatures this week will reach the 40s by Wednesday, then partly to mostly sunny weather takes over for next weekend with cooler temperatures.

If you're looking for a sign of spring, Detroit Tigers pitchers and catchers report to training camp in Florida on Tuesday.

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