Michigan residents are bracing for harsh winter conditions with a foot of snow already on the ground in parts of the state and temperatures expected to dive to dangerous levels.
Meteorologist Joe Charlevoix said temperatures across northern Michigan are expected to be about 0 to 5 degrees Monday. Once the wind-chill is factored in, it will feel like -25F.
Air travel is also impacted by the winter storm. Hundreds of flights were cancelled across the Midwest, which is impacting flights out of Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City. As of Monday morning, eleven flights were cancelled to and from Chicago and Detroit.
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other road agencies will be out in full-force maintaining highways during this week's extreme winter weather, working to keep travel safe and limiting delays as much as possible.
"A storm of this intensity and magnitude will certainly put our MDOT workers and contract agencies to the test, but we won't let up until the roads are clear again," said Michigan Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "We'll need the public's cooperation and understanding over the next few days to keep our highways safe and avoiding travel unless absolutely necessary where conditions are particularly bad."
All state highways are maintained continuously during a storm, and all of the roughly 300 MDOT snowplows and 900 county and municipal winter maintenance vehicles that are available will be on the road. While MDOT works to keep roadways clear and allow traffic to move at posted speeds, motorists must drive with caution at a speed appropriate for road and weather conditions.
"As with any winter storm, but particularly during severe weather, motorists should leave snowplows extra room so operators can do their jobs efficiently and safely," Steudle said. "More than ever, it's vital for drivers to keep distractions to a minimum, wear their seat belts, and give plows room to groom."
You can find up-to-date road closings, traffic incidents, traffic speeds, and traffic camera views on www.Michigan.gov/drive.