Snow punches Michigan, drivers caught off guard

- It seems like it happens every year at this time, doesn't it? Always around mid December, sometimes earlier, we get this white stuff that falls (allegedly called snow). It's like someone could have forecasted this (we did).

Snow fell in Michigan on Monday, as it did over the weekend as well. For some drivers, it was almost as if they had never seen the snow before. Of course, that's not true for everyone - by the time we got to rush hour Monday, people were driving well under the speed limit.

That is suggested for your commute Tuesday morning, as well. Drivers are encouraged to leave early for work or school. Just after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Michigan State Police report they'd seen seven accidents so far. The freeways are looking good, though, but expect to take it slower on the side streets. 

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People like Rick Fern are here to save the day. He's a salt truck driver and, on this day, some may call him a hero.

"They are getting bad, they're slippery and everyone is driving 20-25 miles an hour. But it looks like it's going to get a lot worse," he said. "I've been doing the Franklin and Bingham Farms now for 5 years."

Five years of saving the day and making the roads passable. He gets it: the first storm always brings a learning curve. 

"Slow down and hang on. Keep an eye behind you," he said, while laughing. 

Great advice. 

But for those who didn't heed that advice, other heroes pulled up to help, in the form of tow truck drivers, who had their hands full trying to clear accidents throughout the area.

Snow plows in Oakland County are pushing the snow to the side and were loaded up with mounds of salt to help provide traction. Regardless, Monday has been a busy day for drivers but it's just the beginning of winter. Believe it or not, we'll see much more of this in the next 4 months! 

In all seriousness, the biggest problem was people misjudging how long they had to stop, especially before making a right turn. Watch your space on the road and give cars around you extra space too. 

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