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Snowstorm 2013 hits Mid-Michigan

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) -

(02/08/13) - Traffic is moving along pretty well after a slow-go Friday morning, with salt and plow trucks continuing to clear the way.

Thursday night's winter storm dumped between four and 12  inches of snow across Mid-Michigan.

Isabella and Midland Counties were the hardest hit.

In Saginaw County, road crews have been working since about 7 p.m. Thursday and plan to be back out Saturday morning. They're warning drivers to be careful when traveling on back roads. There are still quite a few slick spots.

Last time we checked, there were about 21 accidents in Saginaw County since midnight. We're told the high winds and blowing snow created some challenges for road crews.

To track the snow plows in Saginaw County, click HERE.

In Bay County, there was about 11 inches of snow.

Mike Russell of the Bay County Road Commission says things weren't extremely bad considering the wind conditions. Crews were out as early as 2 a.m. Friday. They started on the highways, then they targeted the primary roads. They worked until 5:30 p.m., but they'll come back in the morning.

So far, there haven't been any major accidents in Bay County, but we did talk to one driver who was stuck in the snow for two hours.

"I needed to go to the store, so we came outside and first I had to change the tire, which I did, you can see the tire over there. Then once I changed the tire, we tried to come out, but the snow was so high that we didn't see the brick under the ground, so the car is sitting on top of the brick now," said Lemuel Ligon.

When we traveled downtown, the snow was in the center of the road, making it a little easier for business owners like Richard Dodick, who sells residential lighting materials at his shop.

"The city was able to get up right against the curb, plow the snow to the center of the road," he said. "It certainly facilitates the ability for our clients, customers to park against the curb, get out and not have to climb snow banks and so forth."

More snow fell to the north, but Genesee County got its fair share as well. Driving conditions there are improving on the main roads, but secondary roads are another matter.

When it comes to plowing, plow drivers tackle the expressways and state trunk lines first. County primary roads are next, followed by local paved roads. Gravel roads fall fourth, and finally subdivision streets are plowed.

According to city officials, major streets will be cleared within the first 24 hours of the storm's end. Residential areas will be cleared within 72 hours.

You should avoid going out on the roads if possible. If you have to drive, remember to pack your patience. You should also give yourself extra braking room and leave a little early to get to your destination on time.

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