Treacherous travel as winter storm hits W. MI

Closures as of 8:30 a.m. Monday:

  • Eastbound Michigan Street in downtown Grand Rapids is closed at Ottawa Avenue heading up the hill due to several slide-offs, according to police.

Tune in to 24 Hour News 8  until 1 p.m. then 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. as we track the snowstorm and how it's impacting traffic.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Slippery road conditions are impacting travel Monday as widespread snow is forecasted across West Michigan.

Most communities will see around 4 to 6 inches of snow, but some could see 6 to 10 inches or more.

The Kent County Road Commission said the major concern Monday is blowing and drifting snow, which will make it hard for crews as they work to clear the roads. 

As of 11:30 a.m. Monday, more than 65 flights at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport had been canceled.

In Holland, Macatawa Area Express buses will halt service at 2 p.m. Monday. Riders are encouraged to check the transit system's website for service updates.

Amtrak has canceled trains 350 and 355 on its Wolverine Service line, which runs from the Detroit/Pontiac area to Chicago/ So far, there are no changes along the Chicago-Grand Rapids Pere Marquette route.

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The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning until 7 p.m. Monday for Allegan, Kalamazoo, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties. Barry, Calhoun and Branch counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory.

More than 600 school districts, churches and businesses were closed or delayed Monday due to the snowstorm. State government offices in the Lower Peninsula were also closed. 

For driver who venture on roads still covered in snow, officials ask you to take it slow, turn on your highlights, clear all snow and ice from your vehicle and stay focused.

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