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Icy roads cause school closings in Mid-Michigan

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) -

(01/23/12) - Weather caused more than 30 school closings and delays in Mid-Michigan Monday morning.

While there was no snow, icy roads were a major concern.

"I have been alive for 75 years and I've never seen a winter like this in Michigan," said driver Kelli Ernst.

Constant temperature swings have caused problems on some roads. Unseasonably warm air, plus frozen ground equals a dangerous cycle of melting and re-freezing.

That's why the buses in the Lake Fenton school district sat idle on Monday.

"For safety purposes, we thought the best thing to do was to cancel classes for today," said Lake Fenton Superintendent Wayne Wright.

Wright was among three dozen school administrators across Mid-Michigan who made that call.

"We didn't have a chance to wait, we had to pick the students up before 6 a.m., so I made the decision at about 5:30 a.m.," Wright said.

The main roads are not what school officials were worried about. If you take a look at the pavement behind me, you can see it's a little wet, but it's not slippery--the side dirt roads are what caused concern.

"One thing people don't realize is that there are back roads and when there is snow on those back roads and rain hits them it automatically goes to ice and it becomes very dangerous," Wright said.

With temperatures expected to drop again, Wright says he'll be watching the forecast closely, because safety is his main concern.

"I'd rather call a day off when it's questionable then go to school when it's real questionable and keep the kids out of danger," Wright said.

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