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Drivers battle Mid-Michigan snow

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(12/26/12) - The first winter storm of the season has arrived, and is making road conditions slick.

The Genesee County Road Commission says they're ready to go, and plan to be out with plows Wednesday night.

"I love the snow, but just not driving in it," said Victoria Shafley, while driving to Midland from Detroit.

It's a common opinion among Michiganders, and the first real Mid-Michigan snow of the season brought plenty of headaches.

"Some people are in the ditch, it's down to one lane, we're going about 25 to 35 miles per hour," Shafley said.

There have been dozens of snow-related accidents. Genesee County central dispatch says they're seeing plenty of slide-offs on the highways, but nothing too serious yet.

"It's pretty bad, I've seen four or five accidents so far since I hit the snow up by Bay City, then when people see accidents, they hit their brakes, which causes more accidents," said Josh Oliver, while driving to Detroit from the Upper Peninsula.

"Well it's fun to drive in, that's for sure," he said. "I love snow, I'm a snowmobiling fanatic."

Everyone says slowing down is the best way to stay safe.

"I drive slow, I stay a distance," Shafely said. "We have winter clothes in there, extra stuff to make sure if we get in the ditch we'll be safe."

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