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Metro Detroit faces slick roads, icy conditions tonight

The Detroit News

Light freezing drizzle and cold temperatures tonight are causing slick roads and travel problems for Metro Detroit drivers.

“We are just advising drivers to slow down,” Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said. “As the temps go below freezing road conditions may change.”

The National Weather Service is cautioning travelers in the region to watch out for roadways, bridges and overpasses susceptible to icing as lows dip into the 20s overnight. Areas of flurries and freezing drizzle are forceast before 3 a.m.

Accidents were reported in spots Thursday evening, including on the westbound Interstate 696 ramp to southbound I-275, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation website.

Another accident was reported on eastbound I-94 after Rawsonville Road near Belleville, the department said. It was cleared by 10 p.m.

Police in Novi and Farmington Hills also responded to accidents. Oakland County crews were sending out salt trucks to tend to icy areas, dispatchers said.

Clearer conditions are expected to end the work week. The weather service predicts highs in the low 30s with partly sunny skies on Friday.

Much the same is in store Saturday, while temperatures could rise into the upper 30s on Sunday then around 40 on Monday, when there’s a chance of rain and snow showers, according to NWS.