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UPDATE: Kalamazoo gets the big chill

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Snow shovel (courtesy of FOX 11).
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UNDATED (WKZO) -- The first major snowstorm of the season made the roads a mess and driving a difficult task this weekend, and was followed this morning by temperatures in single digits..

Up to seven inches of snow fell on some communities in southern Michigan and led to dozens of accidents on area roadways, particularly on I-94 and U.S.131.

There were no reports of serious injuries or deaths reported in West Michigan.

State Police say there was one fatal accident on I-94 in Detroit when a woman lost control of her Chrysler, struck the cement median and rolled the car. Her name has not yet been released.

Snow plows were out all weekend trying to dig out from the third winter storm to blow through west Michigan this past week.

They were trying to catch up to the snow that was continuously falling until last evening, when the heavy lake effect snow subsided and temperatures dropped into single digits.

it’s too cold for salt to work, so their advice to drivers is to slowdown, and stay away from plow trucks.The next winter storm is due to arrive this evening and could dump another three inches of snow overnight.

Travel has been a nightmare not just on the ground this weekend, but in the air as well with airline schedules thrown into disarray by nearly 12-hundred flight cancellations at O’Hare and at airports up and down the east coast.

Daniel Baker at FlightAware says schedules will be getting closer to normal this morning. He says it’s still smart to call ahead or check your flight over the internet before you leave for the airport, and to seek alternatives if your flight is cancelled. It could not only save you a trip to the terminal, but salvage your original plans.

While this snowy and cold December has been a real problem for motorists, it’s been terrific for ski hills and resorts all over Michigan.

In past years, many in southern Michigan were lucky if they had snow for the all important Christmas break. This year they were open for Thanksgiving and have remained open ever since.

Mark Tibbets, the GM at Mt. Holly says this weekend’s heavy snowfallput a fresh layer of powder on the runs.

It is also the best advertising they could get, constantly reminding skiers that its time to hit the slopes.

 

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