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Metro Detroit roads improve, flights resume

Ursula Watson
The Detroit News

Drivers hitting the roads this morning in Metro Detroit found the situation pretty dicey.

The National Weather Servicehad issued a freezing rain advisory for the Detroit/Pontiac area that lasted until 11 a.m. today. Roads were slick with an ice thanks to freezing rain this morning.

The icy conditions caused numerous accidents on Detroit-area roadways, including a 30-car crash on M-14 in western Wayne County.

Flights have resumed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after icy runways kept planes from arriving and departing.

Airport spokesman Michael Conway said three of four parallel runways have reopened but flights stopped for a couple hours Saturday morning when the entire airfield “iced over at once.” Overnight crews applied de-icing fluid and sand, but he says freezing rain “overwhelmed our work.”

Conway says a Delta Air Lines plane landed around 7 a.m. but skidded off a taxiway into grass. All passengers were safely removed and bused to the terminal.

A Delta spokesman said that none of the 160 passengers or six crew members were injured.

He says the fourth runway will be closed until Delta removes that plane.

Cindy Dingell deputy chief operating officer of Wayne County’s Department of Public Services said salt trucks were sent out by 4 a.m.

“We are in pretty decent shape right now,” said Dingell, just before 10:30 a.m., adding that 45 trucks were on the roads.

A traffic incident just after 8 a.m. closed eastbound M-14 at Gotfredson Road in Plymouth. And at 10:40 a.m, there was a traffic incident on westbound I-94 ramp to I-75 south involving one vehicle affecting the right lane of the ramp.

Sara Schultz, National Weather Service meteorologist. Expect scattered showers for the rest of the day and temperatures hovering in the low 40s, said Sara Schultz, National Weather Service meteorologist..

Just before 10 a.m. it was 34 degrees in areas of Wayne County and Toledo was at 36 degrees.

Schultz said temperatures will drop tonight to high 30s. On Sunday, we will see 50 degrees with showers likely and areas of fog.

Monday will also bring temperatures in the low 50s but they will dive throughout the day to the 30s.

Associated Press contributed

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