Snow, Ice Slow Commuters; Close Hundreds Of Schools

SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – If you’ll be out on the roads early this morning, rest assured that you won’t be alone. Salt trucks and plows are out trying to clear ice and snow off the roadways.

“We’ve got a good layer of salt down, so our folks are busy clearing off the excess snow that’s on the system right now,” said Cindy Dingell, Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the Wayne County Department of Public Services.

Salt trucks and plows were sent out at 6:45pm Sunday, so Dingell says people heading to work now should find the roads a bit easier to drive on. But they’re cautioning drivers to be careful, and give themselves extra time to get to work.

WWJ’s Ron Dewey, who’s navigating his way through a little bit of everything — snow, ice and slush — adds that anyone who parks their vehicle outdoors will have to give themselves at least an extra five minutes to chip away the ice on the windshield and the rest of the windows.

Dewey found that once out on the road, conditions run the gamut; anywhere from just plowed to two ruts in the road. In the area of I-96 and Beck, Dewey says freeway conditions ranged from wet to slushy to slippery.

Due to the weather conditions, hundreds of schools are closed, keeping thousands of kids home — at least for one day.

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