(FOX 2) - We've been treated to a pretty mild winter thus far, but the weather came in swinging Wednesday morning.
A cold Tuesday turned into an icy night with a freezing drizzle. Roads, driveways and parking lots were slick for the Wednesday commute.
Around 7:30 a.m., Michigan State Police said they've already handled approximately 100 crashes on the freeways and around the nine different townships they patrol.
Since midnight Second District Troopers have handled approximately 100 crashes on the freeways and the 9 townships we patrol. Our calls for service are through the roof. And one patrol car that was hit by a citizen that was driving too fast! Take it easy people. pic.twitter.com/2StDif6x2S— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) January 16, 2019
MSP is reminding drivers to take it slow and to leave plenty of room in between cars. MSP also reminded to watch out for patrol cars, salt trucks and courtesy vans -- noting that all three have already been hit by drivers Wednesday morning.
I was hoping not to have to say it again....but yes people are driving way too fast for conditions. And way too close to each other. Leave early and drive for conditions. It’s pretty simple. Also please watch out for us, salt trucks and courtesy vans. Drivers have hit all three. pic.twitter.com/7Bbufc41vy— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) January 16, 2019
MSP hasn't said yet if anyone was seriously injured in any of the crashes.
Several schools were also closed. You can check the list here.
The National Weather Service said periods of snow, sleet, freezing rain, or freezing drizzle will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
All of southeast Michigan is also under a Winter Weather Advisory until 10 a.m.
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