By Melissa Burnor
The Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Lenawee County Emergency Management Office and the Lenawee County Road Commission, has issued a winter weather road advisory for Lenawee County. At the same time the National Weather Service has raised its prediction of snowfall to more than 14 inches through Monday.
Heavy snow accumulation throughout today and into Monday morning is expected across Lenawee and Monroe counties. Blowing and drifting snow is going to accompany this storm, which will cause hazardous traveling conditions according to a press release from Lenawee Count Emergency management, Lenawee County Sheriff and the Lenawee County Road Commission. The release said that the Michigan Department of Transportation has five salt trucks serving the state highways and the Lenawee County Road Commission has eight salt trucks serving secondary roads.
“If you must travel give yourself extra time, keep your speed down and approach intersections with extra caution,” the news release drafted by Sgt. Kraig Kourt said.
Officials reminded the public that winter weather not only creates hazardous driving conditions but also creates an enormous demand for police, EMS and Central Dispatch services. They urged residents to listen to local radio stations for road reports and please not to call 911 and request weather or travel information.
Plummeting temperatures and wind are also a major concern as temperatures will drop and the windchill is expected to be down to negative 20 degrees. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in affect until 7 a.m tomorrow (Monday) morning.
The village of Blissfield is operating under a snow emergency until all major accumulation has ceased and the roads are cleared. This means that vehicles cannot be parked on village streets during that time period.
By Melissa Burnor