(01/29/14) - The strong winds are not only causing dangerous wind chills, but snow blowing over roads is creating treacherous driving, and even closing some roads.
The Saginaw County Road Commission is working overtime to keep the roads safe and open, but both are difficult to do.
The driver of a pick-up truck lost control on M-47, just north of Freeland. Two people were inside - one person was thrown from the truck, but police say both will be OK.
A few miles away on M-84, "Driving perfectly smooth, and nobody else around, nothing going on, all of a sudden it started fishtailing," said Larry Jacobs.
The next thing he knew, Jacobs was not in control of his pick-up truck as it did a 360, rolled over and ended up in a ditch off of Bay Road right outside of Saginaw Valley State University.
"I'm suspended by my seatbelt," Jacobs said.
He was able to get out of the truck and he wasn't hurt.
"I was probably going between 45 and 50, which is faster than I should have been, but the road looked perfectly clear," he said.
It apparently looked perfectly clear to a man who was driving by. The car crashed into the tow truck. The man in the car was OK, the driver of the tow truck was, too.
Dennis Borchard has worked at the Saginaw County Road Commission for 24 years and says he has never seen a winter that has combined snow, cold and blowing snow like this.
"We got the sun out today, it looks pleasant, but in these rural areas, we are seeing drifting that we haven't seen in years," he said.
In Tittabawassee Township, not far from MBS International Airport, road crews were pushing back snow. The high mounds of snow are causing vision problems around corners and the drifting continues day and night.
"We can actually go through a road and two or three hours down the road, it's plugged again," Borchard said.
The road commission is even using v-plows this winter. Borchard is not sure when they were last used.
Jacobs can't remember a winter like this and he has advice for anyone hitting the road.
"Do what they tell you," he said. "Slow down."
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