By Scott Bolthouse
Updated Saturday, Dec. 10
Get the shovels, snowblowers and sleds ready.
By the time Monday morning arrives, residents all over the area will be waking up to a winter wonderland, according to weather forecasters.
The US National Weather Service in Detroit says that 5 to 9 inches of snow will fall in the Metro area, starting with a light snow Saturday evening and continuing through Sunday.
And by the time next week rolls around, Metro Detroit should have our first dump of measurable snow on the ground.
MDOT to tackle snowy roadways using new methods
Beginning this winter, the Michigan Department of Transportation will use some updated methods when its fleet hits the streets to clear the snow.
“For the first time in Michigan, MDOT will use a new type of snow plow called the “tow plow” that can plow widths up to 25 feet — up to two full lane widths in one pass — allowing MDOT to save on equipment costs and personnel,” their website states.
When activated, the wheels of the tow plow turn as much as 30 degrees, causing the tow plow to steer right of the plow truck.
According to MDOT, crews using the tow plow can clear both the travel lane and shoulder in one pass, reducing the time needed to clear the freeway during a winter storm event. MDOT says this will improve service while reducing labor costs and fuel consumption on these busy roadways with high traffic volumes.
Also incorporated this year will be the use of green flashing lights to help motorists better identify winter maintenance vehicles during a snowstorm.
According to MDOT, studies suggest that humans can differentiate more shades of green than any other color. Better visibility with green lights means safer roads for winter maintenance workers and motorists. As the lights on trucks are replaced, the new green lenses are being added.
For travel-related information, visit the Michigan State Police’s winter travel advisory website, or call their hotline at 1-800-381-8477.
Below are some more internet links that offer travel information in Michigan:
- Mi Drive
- MichiganDOT Twitter
- MichiganDOT West Twitter
- MichiganDOT Southwest Twitter
- MichiganDOT Metro Detroit Twitter
- Travel Michigan
- AAA Michigan