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It's the calm after the storm as far as local snowfall and treacherous driving is concerned.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry talks with the director of operations for the Washtenaw Road Commission about efforts to clear county roads.

Snow Plow
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Southeast Michigan just had its first major snowstorm of the season, and Washtenaw County road crews have been working around the clock.  WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County Road Commission director Jim Harmon about the progress made on the current road conditions.

University of Michigan

With several inches of new snow on the ground, there will be a lot of shoveling and clearing of snow-clogged driveways and sidewalks going on.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke with a Michigan Medicine cardiologist about the best way to make sure that gets done safely.

Emily Kizer / Washtenaw County Road Commission

As you can imagine, the Washtenaw County Road Commission is busy clearing snow from the roads to make this evening's and tomorrow morning's commute a smooth one. 

Of the roughly 800-thousand DTE Energy customers that lost power in last Wednesday's windstorm, 755-thousand are back on-line. 

Snow Shoveling
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Normally, Ypsilanti residents have 24 hours to clear snow from walkways.  Some residents may have the entire weekend to shovel.

New County Plow Truck
Jim Harmon

With snow pummeling Washtenaw County, area roadways proved quite treacherous. As of 4:45 P.M., Washtenaw County saw anywhere from 4 to 6 inches of snow, with up to another 5 before the storm ends.

A. LeClaire

 Don’t bother bringing the skies or snow shovel out of the garage yet. Unseasonably warm weather will continue for at least the next few weeks in Southeast Michigan.

David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

It appeared Spring had sprung. A look outside early this morning might tell you otherwise. 2-3 inches of accumulation is expected before warmer temperatures today begin to melt off the wintry mix.

Hydrant Alert

Jan 7, 2014

Snow is wet, and made of nothing more than frozen water. So, it may seem strange to consider it a fire hazard. But, it is. Because there has been so much snow, many of the road plows have been creating huge snow mounds that cover up fire hydrants. 

Some property owners also pile up around the hydrants in an effort to clear a path for their vehicles. Ypsilanti Township Fire Chief Eric Copeland tells 89.1 WEMU News, that could delay the time in which the fire department can respond to a fire. If they can’t find the hydrant, they can’t fight the fire on your property. Chief Copeland asks,  if you have a fire hydrant near your property, take a few minutes and shovel it out so it is both visible and accessible.