Michigan State Police caution drivers during changing weather

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JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – After a milder than normal winter, Mid-Michigan has experienced much more winter like weather the past couple weeks.  At the Michigan State Police Jackson Post, the officers believe it doesn’t matter what type of accumulation falls during these winter storms.  What matter is that you take it slow in the ice and snow.

Michigan State Police Lieutenant David Cook said, “at any snow fall…heavy snow, light snow, ice…whatever, people need to slow down and keep their distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them.”

The roads may be deceiving to some people if not snow covered, which, in turn pose a problem for drivers according to Lt. David Cook.

“When they’re driving down the road and they’re traveling at a speed that they think they can control the vehicle, the next thing you know they’re climbing up in speed.  And now the next  you know they’re going the speed limit down a road that’s got ice on it or snow…whatever the conditions are and all of a sudden they lose control.”

Last week, Mid-Michigan was walloped with heavy, wet snow.  Today’s storm is slightly different but Lt. Cook warns, “it doesn’t matter if it’s wet, heavy, and with blowing snow obviously you got to watch out for drifting because if you hit drifts, sometimes those will pull you right in.”

Now this winter storm has brought primarily snow to the northern counties and a wintry precipitation (as of the afternoon) down here in Jackson and the surrounding areas.  Regardless, according to Lt. Cook, take it easy on the roads throughout the night.

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