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Heavy snow slows down travel, clearing efforts

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Whiteout conditions and power outages are just a few of the issues caused by the skies opening up and the heavy winds.

In Bay County's Monitor Township, police and fire had to shut down Bay City-Midland road near Mackinaw because this tree toppled onto power lines.

"It's everything all at one time. We've been kind of spoiled this winter, and it's everything culminated into one big storm," said Monitor Township Fire Chief John Kramer.

A storm that has made travel tough on Mid-Michigan roads.

The local snow removal team is just trying to make a dent into what's fallen so far.

Calvin Bogel works for Lawns and Mower out of Bay City and said this is only the fifth time they've been out this year.

"It's going to look like we weren't even here, with all the winds. There's supposed to be 50 mile per hour winds and it's just going to drift up to the garages," Bogel said.

And he said this storm is certainly packing a punch.

"With the heaviness, it's a different snow. The last two we've had, it's been easy, you can use a snow blower. A bad thing about right now, you can't use a snowblower, it plugs up too quick," Bogel said.

Despite the challenges, there are a lot of people out tonight and again tomorrow morning working to clear it up.

But officials said if you don't need to be out, don't be.

"They're just going to put themselves in danger being on the roads right now," Kramer said.

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