Ice storm makes for slick roads, leaves thousands in Mid Michigan in the dark

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MID MICHIGAN (WJRT) (04/15/18) -- A powerful Spring ice storm made for dangerous road conditions and has left thousands without power Sunday.

"You know its bad when you step outside and the vehicle of yours is covered in a shield of ice," said Dennis Borchard with the Saginaw County Road Commission.

Just when you thought Winter was over, think again!

Mother Nature dropped plenty of freezing rain across the state making for treacherous travel.

"When I see people get out on these type of roads, they know that they're in for slippery conditions and they gotta drive cautiously," Borchard said.

County road commission and MDOT crews have been working tirelessly around the clock this weekend scraping and treating ice covered roads.

"When something like this comes up late in the season, we're going to do everything that we can to keep things contained. when this all lets up, we'll able to get a final pass through and get things cleaned up," said Jocelyn Hall with MDOT.

The storm has left thousands in the dark across Mid Michigan as well.

"Since Saturday morning, we've had close to 100,000 homes and businesses that have lost power at some point. This morning, Sunday morning, as of about 11:00, were at about 28,000 without power," said Brian Wheeler with Consumers Energy.

The utility company has hundreds of crews, some even from out of state working to help get the lights back on.

"We are continuing to see more people lose power as limbs come down from trees or some of that freezing rain weighs down the power lines, so there will be some people that will still be working tomorrow to get the power back on," Wheeler said.

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