Snow, low visibility impact Tuesday morning commute

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Heavy lake-effect snow bands slowed the Tuesday morning commute across West Michigan.

In Wyoming, around 7:30 a.m. a police officer was responding to a five-car pileup on Chicago Drive near the westbound I-196 ramp when a vehicle lost control, struck another vehicle before hitting the officer’s vehicle, according to a Wyoming Department of Pubic Safety news release.

There were non-life-threatening injuries in the five-car pileup and no injuries in the three-car crash involving the police cruiser, the releases said.

In Portage, multiple crashes shut down westbound I-94 between Westnedge and Oakland and a rolled over semi-truck blocked the right lane of eastbound I-94 after Oakland Drive. All lanes of I-94 have since reopened.

The National Weather Service said heavy lake-effect snow bands will hit areas from Holland to just west of Paw Paw until late Tuesday morning. These snow bands could rapidly drop visibility to near zero.

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For drivers who venture on roads still covered in snow, officials ask you to take it slow, turn on your highlights, clear all snow and ice from your vehicle and stay focused.

Drivers can track the progress of the Michigan Department of Transportation snowplows from the safety of home before hitting the road. Some plows are also equipped with cameras, allowing visitors to see the roads as they are cleared. The map is visible on the Mi Drive website

Follow Traffic Tom on Twitter for the latest traffic conditions.

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