Police provide safety tips for winter travels.

December 7, 2016
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Police provide safety tips for winter travels.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — As a winter storm is predicted to barrel down on West Michigan beginning late Wednesday night, Dec. 7, the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to stay safe.

“With the hazardous winter weather season approaching, we are sending a reminder to all motorists to take extra time and prepare for any unforeseen problems while traveling,” stated Det. Shane Hasty.

“It is a good idea to keep extra blankets, fluids, jumper cables, cell phone chargers, shovels and an extra heat source stowed in case of emergency. Most of all, we would encourage motorists to allow for extra travel time and slow down when roads and visibility are at a minimum,” Hasty said.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for several West Michigan counties, including Oceana, through Friday afternoon, Dec. 9. One of the areas predicted to be hit the hardest is Pentwater.

“The lake effect snow machine will get cranking tonight,” states the NWS of Grand Rapids Facebook page. “Snow is expected off of Lake Michigan from overnight through the day on Friday. The heaviest snow will fall from the Thursday morning commute through the Friday morning commute. The highest snowfall totals will be found up towards Ludington, Baldwin and Pentwater and in the southwest corner of the state toward Allegan, South Haven and Paw Paw.

“Remember, due to the very nature of lake effect snow, totals will vary widely across counties and the snow will not be uniform. Heavy bands of snow are possible with near whiteout conditions. Gusty west to northwest winds will create areas of blowing and drifting snow. If traveling in Western Lower Michigan the next couple days, be prepared to slow down and allow extra travel time, as roads will become snow-covered and slippery with temperatures in the 20s.”

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