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County Emergency Management: Stay off roads on Saturday

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An icy road -- exactly what the county is worried about for Saturday. An icy road -- exactly what the county is worried about for Saturday.
LAPEER COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The Lapeer County Emergency Management branch has issued a warning to drivers advising them of possible hazardous road conditions this weekend.

Mary Piorunek, with the Lapeer County Emergency Management branch, said that after discussing the weather situation with the Lapeer County Road Commission, the descion was made to warn motorists that the rain Friday through Saturday could turn the county's roads in to sheets of ice.

Here are the details from the news release: 

  • In most places, the gravel roads ALREADY have 2" of ice on them (from the Christmas ice storm). 
  • Plowing activities from the recent snowstorm, removed a lot of the snow on top of this ice.
  • It will not take much rain to wash away any remaining snow - turning them into ice skating rinks.
  • The rain is expected to start falling tonight around 9 p.m., increasing with intensity after midnight. It will continue throughout Saturday.
  • Our paved roads are still at freezing temperatures, therefore the rain falling on it, will not be melting – hence, they will be extremely icy as well.
  • We are hoping for a small amount of snow late Saturday into Sunday which should help with the icy conditions.
  • The Road Commission will have staff available for EMERGENCY SITUATIONS ONLY.  Their trucks/equipment are JUST AS susceptible to icy roads as our personal vehicles.
  • They will only be assisting with LIFE SAFETY MEASURES (i.e. clearing/sanding roadways for an ambulance, police car or fire truck to get to a person's home).

The news release then states, "Please, for your safety and the safety of all involved, if you don't have to go out on Saturday, then please don't."

A dense fog advisory is in effect for Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair and Shiawassee counties until 7 p.m. on Friday.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for many of the counties to the north and west of the Tri-Cities. Clare and Isabella counties are under the advisory until 10 p.m. Friday. Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Ogemaw and Roscommon counties are under the advisory until 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

TV5 Meteorologist Catherine Bodak says temperatures will gradually increase as a warm front lifts through the region.

Daytime highs will approach the mid-30s on Friday, rain will develop from the southwest to the northeast. The rain will increase in coverage Friday night, before gradually tapering off on Saturday.

Be aware of travel difficulties on area roadways.

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