Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 27, 2014

Still more hard winter weather sweeps across Mich.


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Winter's blows keep pounding Michigan, where fresh snow and subfreezing temperatures made roadways resistant to salt, contributing to crashes that closed expressways and killed three people.

In Ottawa County's Grand Haven Township, about 25 miles west of Grand Rapids, Gaylee Burns, 53, lost control of her car and slid into the path of a pickup in about 8 p.m. Saturday, sheriff's Sgt. Steve Austin told MLive.com. Austin said her 55-year-old passenger, Lewis Burns Jr., also died. The truck's driver escaped injury.

Detroit police told WDIV-TV a motorist was killed in a two-vehicle crash on icy roads about 6 a.m. Sunday on the city's east side. The victim's name wasn't released.

About 30 vehicles collided Sunday morning on Interstate 696 in the Detroit suburb of Warren, closing the expressway's westbound lanes for several hours, WWJ-AM reported. There also were closings on sections of I-75 and I-275 in suburban Detroit.

"You've got to slow down," state police Lt. Michael Shaw told The Detroit News. "You can't follow the person in front of you too close. You've got to pay attention. You can't talk on the phone or text."

In western Michigan, 16 inches of snow had fallen through 6:30 p.m. Sunday in Van Buren County, about 15 miles west of Kalamazoo, the National Weather Service said. It said snowfall totals ranged up to 3.5 inches in southeastern Michigan.

Amtrak said it was cancelling some Wolverine line trains between Detroit and Chicago on Monday "due to extreme weather conditions." The passenger rail system said it would operate its normal services from Chicago to Grand Rapids and Port Huron.

More deep cold and dangerous wind chills are forecast early this week, with lows early Tuesday expected to fall to minus 7 to minus 13 in parts of southeastern Michigan, the weather service said Sunday night.

Mainly light snow was falling around Michigan at 7 p.m. Sunday. The day's high temperatures were mainly in the teens and 20s, with Lambertville in the far southeast reaching 32 degrees, the weather service said. It said Detroit's high reached 23 degrees.