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Road conditions worsen as lake effect snow moves in


With bad weather comes bad roads and Thursday's weather left Michiana with icy roads and low viability.

"[The roads] are slippery. I mean that's just winter. That's what happens in the winter. You just got to be careful," said John Curtis, who works in Benton Harbor.

Slippery roads can just be the nature of the beast when it comes to winter. To help tame that beast, crews from the Berrien County Road Commission hit the streets around 4:00 a.m. Thursday.

"At first we were going ahead and hitting with a salt and sand mixture and then we switched to sand because the salt becomes less effective," said Wayne Schoonover, Berrien Co. Road Commission.

Even with road crews doing everything they could though, traction control was still an issue for drivers on their way home from work.

"I'm not real pleased to be driving on them (chuckles) It's pretty ugly. On my way it was a bit slick and I was watching around, seeing some of the people who were out on the roads with me worried," said Tammy Smith, who works in Benton Harbor.

Many drivers credited high winds for their driving difficulties, while others blamed the ice.

"Just because the amount of rain we had [Wednesday] and the freezing temperatures overnight. And then the additional snow people driving on it loosening it up and then refreezing," said Jim Brosnan, a snow plow driver.

While they weren't happy to have to go through it, drivers still trekked their ways home this afternoon, carefully and cautiously.

"I'll get there when I get there. Other than that I'm not going to rush. Better to be safe. Just take your time. I think it'd be the best thing for people to do. Just take their time and just watch out for the other person," said Tommy Halloway, a Benton Harbor resident.

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