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Slippery commute for Mid-Michigan drivers

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(01/21/13) - Slick, wet roads made for a slippery ride into work for many Monday morning. Road conditions and visibility have now improved for most of Mid-Michigan.

Genesee County's entire fleet of plow trucks were out clearing the path for drivers. Road commission crews spent their morning keeping the major trunk lines clear. They've finished for now, but remain on stand by.

"We had 64 trucks that were out this morning, starting at 5:45 and all out by 6:15," said Genesee County Road Commission Director John Daly.

Monday's morning commute was a slick one for drivers all across the state as they enjoyed long holiday weekend.

"When we got up by Harrison, it was pretty bad, all the way, the whole weekend, blowing snow," said driver Brian Daly.

Genesee County reported a number of cars stuck in ditches along the expressways. The Road Commission keeping a close eye on road ways and the forecast.

"Most of the accidents that were occurring were because of ice on roads and places where you have interchanges. Anytime we are getting changes to the road surface like this, people need to really slow down."

With what's been a fairly mild winter up until now, the road commission budget remains in pretty good shape, but Daly says they're not home free yet.

"If we continue like this, we'll be OK, but the real test will be in February. The long range weather forecast is that we're suppose to get two good size blizzards, one in early February and one in late February."

A big reminder from the road commission - if you're following a snow plow, don't crowd the plow. Allow yourself some extra time in the morning and evenings.

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