Snow sweeps through Michigan; icy blast on its way

Jan 5, 2014

Credit Andy Thomas
A massive snowstorm is moving through Michigan today, making travel hazardous.   Michigan State Police say road conditions throughout the state are snowy, slushy, icy and dangerous. 
Driving is one thing, but how about flying?

Detroit Metropolitan Airport's spokesman Michael Conway says runway crews are keeping up with the steady snowfall so far. 
He also says the airport is preparing for tomorrow's possible wind chills of 30 to 40 below zero.   "If the freeze happens suddenly, if the airfield is wet, and we have a sudden temperature drop, that can cause a problem for us," Conway says, adding that crews will pre-treat the runways and do friction tests to make sure planes can land safely.   Tara Hernandez, a spokeswoman for Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, says some flights are being being canceled or delayed this afternoon -- especially those to and from Chicago, Saint Louis and Washington D.C.    She also says some incoming flights may have to remain in the air for an extra 20 minutes while airport crews clear runways.   Meanwhile, numerous school districts across the state, including Detroit, Ann Arbor and Battle Creek have canceled classes for tomorrow, which would have been the first day back in school after a two-week winter break.  

Check your local school district's Web site for closing information.