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Posted on Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 5:59 a.m.

Snow snarls morning commute in Ann Arbor area

By Cindy Heflin

A light snowfall in the Ann Arbor area has made a mess of the morning commute, especially on westbound Interstate I-94.

Several accidents have been reported on the freeway in the area of westbound I-94 and Michigan Avenue, a dispatcher with the Washtenaw County sheriff's department said just after 6:30 a.m. At least one accident had also been reported in the area of eastbound I-94 and M-14 on the west side of Ann Arbor.

The National Weather Service said light snow had spread over the area and was expected to create hazardous travel conditions, although snowfall totals were not expected to exceed about an inch.

Jim Harmon, director of operations for the Washtenaw County Road Commission, said the county sent out its full fleet of 46 salt trucks at 4 a.m. this morning. Drivers first scraped the roads and then applied salt. By 6:40 a.m., Harmon said most of the major roads he had traveled were wet, and traffic was moving at about 55 mph.

He urged drivers to be cautious and leave plenty of space between their vehicle and those around them.

The snow was expected to end early this morning. A chance of snow showers will remain for the rest of the day with a high in the low 30s.

For weather updates and conditions anytime, visit AnnArbor.com's weather page.

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Traffic slowdowns are shown in yellow and red.

Comments

Ann English

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 11:32 p.m.

So the A balloon on the map indicates a traffic slowdown on Packard?

xmo

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 5:18 p.m.

I just LOVE the change of seasons. Nothing like a little snow and a few traffic accidents to make the season merry!

Tom Todd

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 4:34 p.m.

Limited slip axles/ABS/4 wheel drive/All wheel drive/side curtain airbags/traction control,makes some people feel invincible to slippery conditions and or ending up in the ditch.

Fat Bill

Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 1:12 a.m.

Overconfident 4x4 operators are the towing and recovery industry's best customers...

Ann English

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 11:34 p.m.

Even in warmer weather, SUV drivers can end up with rear wheels in a ditch if they drive too fast on a winding road.

ranger007

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 4:01 p.m.

Its mind blowing to me that we see this is kind of weather every year and people still drive like morons. I guess if you have a AAA card you can drive like that.

jns131

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:58 p.m.

Trust me, no one in Michigan no hows to drive in this area when it is snowing. I drive to Dearborn every morning and some of the drivers there drive 60 which really annoys me because half the time it is in the left lane. This area of Washtenaw county for some reason is always icy. I've gotten stuck behind major accidents before. Glad to hear nothing major this morning. Although the side roads made it dicey at best.

Sallyxyz

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 6:21 p.m.

It is icy because they don't SALT the roads, contrary to what Jim Harmon says after every snowfall.

arborani

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:47 p.m.

First snow of the year. Some drivers seem to need to get their "snow legs" back.

Sallyxyz

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 2:57 p.m.

A couple inches of snow snarls traffic in Michigan? Something is very wrong with this picture.

Jeff Renner

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 1 p.m.

"snowfall totals were not expected to exceed about an inch." We have about 2-1/2" here in Scio Township.

dading dont delete me bro

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 11:49 a.m.

i just stay home today.