HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Drivers and road crews across the Upper Peninsula are seeing the first heavy snow of the year. Up to nine inches of snow is expected in some parts of the U.P. through Saturday morning, November 10.
"This is going to be one of our first major storms of the season so please, drive safe, drive slow, drive to the conditions of the weather," said Lt. Nick Roberts of the Houghton City Police.
Winter storms bring many hazards to drivers. Low visibility, slick roads, slush, ice and wind are all part of winter driving in the U.P.
"We don't want to see any fatalities or injuries or serious accidents. When we get our first storm we usually get a lot of accidents. One of the worst things we can handle is an accident. We don't like to see people get in accidents or people get injured," said Roberts.
For flood-damaged areas in Houghton County, there are even more driving hazards this winter. A few roads remain closed, some are unpaved gravel. Remaining Father's Day flood damage has changed and possibly slowed snow plow routes.
“We've been frantically trying to do as many repairs as we can before the snow came but unfortunately the snow came a little earlier than we would have liked it to have come,” said Houghton County engineer Kevin Harju.
Drivers should be cautious around plow trucks and sand spreaders and be sure to give them plenty of room.
"Get your snow tires on. Drive safe. Get your salt and your blankets in the cars and watch out for each other on the road," said Roberts.