Slippery evening commute ahead after light snow, frigid temperatures

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (1/3/2018) - Mid-Michigan was bracing for a dicey evening commute on Wednesday after light snowfall coupled with frigid temperatures made area roadways slippery.

Dozens of crashes had been reported along I-75 between Flint and Saginaw through the afternoon, with some more serious crashes around the Birch Run interchange.

A Saginaw County Sheriff's Department patrol car got hit from behind on I-75 near mile marker 144 while investigating another crash. The deputy was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries while the woman who hit him was not injured.

The Genesee County 911 Communications Center reported nearly a dozen crashes throughout the afternoon. Saginaw County Central Dispatch received reports of 60 crashes throughout the county from noon to 3:30 p.m.

The Genesee County Road Commission had several trucks on the road all afternoon and planned to stay on the job through the evening hours. They will be putting down a salt-sand mix on exits, overpasses, bridges and intersections.

The Saginaw County Road Commission will be working into the overnight hours laying down salt, as well as a salt-sand mix and liquid brine.

They have and will continue to treat a lot of the primary roads, such as Tittabawassee Road and Dixie Highway, and will then move onto less traveled roadways.

The Michigan Department of Transportation was busy all afternoon on state highways and also planned to remain active through the evening hours.

Relatively light snow showers fell across the area for much of Wednesday. With high temperatures in the teens, salt wasn't as effective as normal.

Much colder temperatures are forecast Thursday and Friday, so road crews are hoping to get Wednesday's snowfall cleared as quickly as possible before ice-melting solutions no longer are effective.

Officials from both the Genesee and Saginaw county road commissions advised motorists to stay off the roads if they don't need to drive. Anyone who has to venture out should plan on going slower than normal, leaving plenty of space behind the vehicle in front of them and watching for black ice.

This Michigan Department of Transportation camera looks north over the Zilwaukee Bridge that carries I-75 over the Saginaw River.

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