Ice, Heavy Snow Coat Mid-Michigan Roadways 12-12-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Ice, Heavy Snow Coat Mid-Michigan Roadways 12-12-2010

Most of Mid-Michigan saw wicked winds and light, but fast falling snowfall during much of Sunday.
Roadways in Saginaw and Saginaw Township were coated in a layer of ice underneath 2 to 4 inches of blowing snow.
Road crews were out clearning some of the major roads, but no salt was seen being dropped from the back of the trucks.
Drivers are advised to take to the roads with caution as traffic lights at Bay and Tittabawassee roads and Tittabawassee Road and Fashion Square Boulevard were out of services as of 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, a powerful winter storm roared across the upper Midwest on Sunday with high winds and mounds of snow closing roads in several states and canceling more than 1,000 flights in Chicago.
At least one weather-related death was reported Sunday as the storm system that dumped nearly 2 feet (60 centimeters) of snow in parts of Minnesota and caused the Metrodome's inflatable, Teflon roof to collapse moved east. The Minnesota Vikings-New York Giants game was pushed to Monday night at Detroit's Ford Field.
A blizzard warning was in effect Sunday for parts of eastern Iowa, southeastern Wisconsin, northwestern Illinois, and northern Michigan, according to the National Weather Service. Surrounding areas, including Chicago, were under winter storm warnings.
The winter weather, with blowing snow that severely limited visibility, wreaked havoc on air and road travel. In the Chicago area, wind gusts of up to 50 mph (80 kph), temperatures in the teens Fahrenheit (minus 11 to minus 7 Celsius), wind chills well below zero F (minus 18 C) were expected along with up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow.
More than 900 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport and more than 250 were canceled at Midway International Airport, Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride said. Both airports also reported significant delays.
Major highways in several states were closed due to poor driving conditions and accidents.
Illinois State Police closed a section of Interstate 80 in the north central part of the state Sunday after a multiple-car pileup west of Peru. An injury report wasn't immediately available.
In Minnesota, plow drivers struggled with drifts as high as 5 feet (1.5 meters) and also were hampered by a large number of stalled cars as they worked Sunday to open up closed stretches of highways, Minnesota Department of Transportation spokeswoman Rebecca Arndt said.
In Iowa, Interstate 29 from the state line to Sioux Falls, South Dakota remained closed, although other portions of it and Interstate 80 reopened.
Although roads were open in Wisconsin, state officials urged drivers to stay home because blowing snow severely limited visibility.
The storm had already dropped up to 18 inches (46 centimeters) of snow in parts of northern and central Wisconsin, he said, and light snow continued Sunday.
Travel conditions were hazardous in much of the region. Six people were injured Saturday when a van carrying 13 people hit a guardrail and overturned in Mecosta County, near Stanwood, Michigan, in the north-central Lower Peninsula. Authorities said Sunday that weather played a role in the death of a 55-year-old man in St. Cloud, Minnesota, who died of a heart attack after collapsing while he was snow-blowing his driveway Saturday.
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