(02/26/13) - Mid-Michigan is bracing for heavy snow, as part of a winter storm.
A sleet mix began falling a little before 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Many road crews were already out by 4 p.m. Tuesday, and in Genesee County, they plan to be on the roads until 7 p.m.
Night shifts will be on the expressways to keep a few lanes open. Full crews are expected to be back on the roads around 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Drivers are asked to slow down. Bridges and overpasses are generally the areas that are affected the most during weather like this.
Road crews in Saginaw and in Bay County say they are prepared for the storm. You can track the Saginaw County road commission progress HERE.
Counties in the thumb area are also prepared. Those areas are expected to get the most snow.
Sanilac County Road Commission crews are ready.
"They are changing the blades on their trucks, just getting prepared," said Dale Stolicker, Sanliac County Road Commission. "Right now it's just kind of wait and see."
The county is expected to be one of the hardest hit by the approaching storm. By Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service reports the area could see as much as 5-8 inches of snow.
Administrators in local school districts say they will also keep their eyes to the sky.
"We are usually on the computers looking at the weather reports, we listen to the weather reports, especially TV 12, we want to get the information," said Michael E. Carmean, superintendent of Sandusky Community Schools.
"We take snow and ice and all that weather related very seriously, especially with a warning," he said.
If all goes as weather predictions suggest, Carmean won't hesitate to cancel classes, giving students their ninth snow day this winter.
"Safety is number one. We don't look at how many snow days we've had, if we had 20 snow days, we are going to take 20 of them off because safety is our priority," he said.
Students in Sandusky Schools will have to make some of those snow days up at the end of the year.
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