Snow is causing traffic disruption in Michigan, Ohio, and other midwestern states. According to the National Weather Service, snow is causing slippery road conditions as well as rapid fluctuations in visibility. Therefore, it's a good idea to slow down and be careful if you're driving on the roads.
Unfortunately, the snow isn't going away from Michigan or Ohio anytime soon. As you can see from the maps below, snow will continue to blanket midwestern states over the next few days:
Snow has been causing trouble for many drivers in Michigan over the past few days. Several townships and communities have issued advisories as a result of multiple car accidents in snowy weather. For example, there have been multiple rollovers in Livingston County, according to the Brighton Area Fire Authority.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has deployed 147 crews to patrol, treat, and plow roadways. If you see any on the roads, be sure to give them plenty of space. "The plow driver's field of vision is limited," according to ODOT. "As a general rule: If you can't see the plow truck's side mirrors, the truck driver can't see you. Always stay two to three car lengths behind the plow."
Heavy snow can slow down traffic because cars need to drive slower in hazardous conditions. When snow and ice are present, the posted speed limit on the road or highway is not a safe speed to drive. Therefore, you should reduce your speed and give yourself plenty of time to stop at an intersection or red light. It's also worth noting that plow trucks often leave snow clouds as they push snow off the roadways, creating limited visibility for drivers around them. So, if you're driving on the roads in the midwest, be careful.
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