Snow, cold temps expected; road crews say they are ready

Low temperatures are causing local roads to ice up and with snow on the way plenty of problems are expected for drivers Tuesday morning.

The deep freeze is here, the roads are clear but in a matter of hours that will not  be the case.

But the salt supplies are stocked and service vehicles are ready to roll. Just don't expect all local road commissions to completely get rid of the snow that will soon blanket our roads.

It will be 15 degrees and feel well below it by the time the snow starts falling.

Craig Bryson said the Oakland County Roads Commission may not be salting due to the cold temperatures.

"With the temperatures we're expecting overnight tonight we probably won't be salting, probably just be blading the snow off the roads with the underbelly blades," Bryson said. "If it warms up tomorrow, we may salt tomorrow but these temperatures are pretty tough for the salt."

The freezing temps  may mean slick roads for the Tuesday morning commute.

The winter weather turned roadways into junkyards Sunday night.

Michigan State Police alone counted  67 highway crashes between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. Monday.

"We'd like to remind everybody to please slow down," Bryson said. "Even when we're out with all available trucks  there are chance it could still be slippery in places. So please drive appropriately and slow down. Take your time to where you're going."

The Wayne County Road Commission plans on calling in staff as the snow begins to fall.

Macomb County will have staffers patrolling tonight and has 75 trucks ready to roll.

If you're on the road at the same time they are - "Please don't crowd the big orange trucks," Bryson said. "They need a lot of room to turn  to stop, to slow down, those types of things. So please give them room."
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