Grand Haven Tribune: Heavy, wet snow causing problems for drivers, some power outages

Heavy, wet snow causing problems for drivers, some power outages

Becky Vargo • Apr 14, 2019 at 5:23 PM

Several inches of heavy, wet snow caused problems for drivers all afternoon and the buildup of the white stuff took down tree branches and power lines.

Crashes were reported on the major highways all the way to Grand Rapids. Late Sunday afternoon, crashes were on northbound U.S. 31 north of Jackson Street and further north on the highway near Ridge. Most of those crashes did not involved injury. Three people suffered minor injuries in a crash at 5:24 p.m. on Lake Michigan Drive at 136th Avenue in Robinson Township. No other information was available.

For the property damage crashes on the interstate, dispatchers are reporting waits of up to an hour or more for tow trucks.

Firefighters from Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Township and Spring Lake all went on calls regarding branches or trees on power lines, or power lines down.

Consumers Energy’s Outage Map showed an outage affecting 363 customers in Spring Lake Township off Leonard Road and 152nd Avenue. The outage started just before 5 p.m. Almost 200 customers lost power in an outage that started at about 5:30 p.m. in the area of State Road, Apple Drive and I-96 in Crockery Township. Another 155 customers were reported without power in the area of Lincoln Street and 136th Avenue in Robinson Township. In the Lincoln Street, Lakeshore Drive, Timber Dunes area in Grand Haven Township, 124 customers lost power at 5:35 p.m.

As of 7 p.m. Sunday, the Grand Haven Board of Light and Power outage map showed 37 customers without power, with the largest group north of Robbins Road just off Mercury Drive.

The winter weather advisory remained in effect until 4 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Monday’s high temperature along the lakeshore is expected to be 42. The temperature will gradually rise throughout the week with rain, and then thunderstorms forecast later in the week.

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