Heavy snowfall put 1300 in the dark - WNEM TV 5

Heavy snowfall put 1300 in the dark

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Thousands of Mid-Michigan residents spent Monday morning digging out of the several inches of snow that fell overnight.

"Whoa, what a start. Ten inches of snow, I couldn't believe it," said Jerry Hill.

He and his wife Dianne Hill woke up at 7:30 a.m. to 10 inches of snow and no power.

"It was dark. You know, the clocks were out and everything so we just kind of got cold a little bit," Dianne Hill said.

They were on of about 1,300 households in Davison that lost power for about four hours on Monday. Out of habit the couple kept turning light switches on and off in their home, but they were prepared.

"We did have some flashlights and things, which we needed," Jerry Hill said.

The highways were clear by mid-day, but many exit ramps and streets remained covered in heavy, wet snow. That made for challenging road conditions.

Tow trucks rushed to aid drivers who got stuck in snow banks across the region. However, with dozens of superintendents across the region closing schools for the day, the roads weren't as busy as they could have been.

In some cases, getting ahead of the clean up wasn't even worth it.

"We shoveled the snow a little bit last night, about 6 inches. And it didn't help at all. Santa's going to have plenty of snow for a sled, let's put it that way," the couple said.

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