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UPDATE: Temperatures overnight fell below zero with much colder wind chills

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Photo of car that slid off U.S. 131 courtesy of John Williamson of Kalamazoo
Photo of car that slid off U.S. 131 courtesy of John Williamson of Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Roads remain slick and ice covered in spots as the temperatures are headed way down to the lowest readings that south west Michigan have seen in years.

One reported reading estimated a wind chill factor of 23-below in Kalamazoo early this morning with an ambient temperature of 9-below.  

County dispatchers and other police agencies have had to respond to dozens of slide offs, primarily on the divided highways, and that has further slowed traffic.

No reports of any major injuries so far.

It’s too cold for sand and salt to work, some side roads have yet to see a plow, and for plow truck drivers, it may mean a lot of overtime.

The city of Sturgis has declared a snow emergency, banning parking on roadways, to clear the way for plow trucks. Failure to comply could mean your car will be towed and impounded at the owner’s expense.

The massive storm that was at the leading edge of this storm front is being called "Hercules" and has moved on to the East Coast.  Its disrupted airline schedules nationwide, closing Logan Airport in Boston Thursday night.   Its also cancelled or delayed flights out of West Michigan airports. 

This weather may be rough on your nerves and your fingers and toes, but its good for business.

Aside from winter coats and scarves, folks are getting into more serious arctic gear, things that we have been able to live without during recent milder winters have suddenly become essentials again.

Ugly hats with ear flaps, bubble jackets and long johns are all big sellers if you can find them.

Snow blowers are also flying out of showrooms.

There hasn’t been a big call for snow shoes and dog sleds yet, but give it a few weeks.

 

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