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Snow, slick roads cause numerous accidents Friday night

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Parts of Metro Detroit should expect between one to two inches of snow and slick road conditions overnight, according to a hazardous weather outlook from the National Weather Service on Friday.

“Drive with caution tonight,” said Steve Considine, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.

The Michigan Department of Transportation traffic map Friday evening showed nearly a dozen traffic accidents on freeways in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Some areas, particularly around the Interstate 69 corridor, could see snow accumulation of up to three inches.

There is a chance of freezing rain causing slippery conditions late Friday on untreated roads, Considine said.

“It might be enough to slick the roads a little bit,” he said. “Not quite as much as we had last week. Considering there’s already a coating of snow, I think any untreated road is treacherous this evening. I don’t think it’s going to make it worse than things already are. Anything that’s treated should be fine.”

In Oakland County Friday night about half of the road commission’s fleet — about 50 trucks — applied salt to the roads.

“The salt is working,” said Craig Bryson, spokesman for the Road Commission for Oakland County. “There are obviously roads that are snow covered and slippery, but most roads I’m told are in pretty decent shape. We’re going to keep monitoring the conditions and stay out as long as needed.”

In Wayne County, crews were called in at 5:35 p.m. to address the roads, according to Cindy Nocerini Dingell, deputy chief operating officer for the Wayne County Department of Public Services.

“Drivers are advised to slow down and use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses, and approaches to intersections,” she wrote in a statement Friday.

In Macomb County, a crew of 45 trucks were dispatched around 7:30 p.m. to apply salt to the roads, said Leo Ciavatta, maintenance supervisor for the Macomb County Department of Roads.

“It’s still kind of slippery until we get a full application on the road,” he said. “It’s going to be cautious. I haven’t heard of any serious accidents at this point. We’ll have guys salt all the roads and re-evaluate. If it continues to snow we’ll hit it with another application.”

Temperatures will reach 30 degrees by daybreak, Considine said and reach above freezing by noon. Temperatures are expected to be in the lower 40s by late Saturday afternoon.

The weather is expected to warm up early Sunday morning. The high for Sunday is expected to be near 54 degrees.

cwilliams@detroitnews.com

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