Road crews pre­pared for win­ter weather

The Detroit News - - News -

Michi­gan will see its first win­ter-like weather start­ing Fri­day and road crews are get­ting pre­pared for the sea­son ahead.

The first statewide ac­cu­mu­la­tion of snow will start about 5 a.m. Fri­day. Snow will con­tinue un­til 1 p.m., when Metro Detroit will see a tran­si­tion from snow to rain, said Trent Frey, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in White Lake Town­ship.

Wayne County will see less than an inch of snow. The Up­per Penin­sula will see 9-14 inches of snow, ac­cord­ing to the weather ser­vice.

The first ac­cu­mu­la­tion ar­rives nearly a month ear­lier than last year, when the first snow­fall hit Dec. 7.

County crews are ready to han­dle what­ever Mother Na­ture de­liv­ers, they said.

On av­er­age, Ma­comb County roads use 50,000 tons of salt per year, which they or­dered in the spring. Ma­comb County’s Main­te­nance Su­per­in­ten­dent Leo Ci­a­vatta said state roads are their first pri­or­ity for plow­ing.

Craig Bryson, a spokesman for the Road Com­mis­sion of Oak­land County, said the roads with the high­est speeds and most trav­el­ers get pri­or­ity for plow­ing.

“Sub­di­vi­sions are last, and while that may up­set peo­ple, that’s where the least and slow­est mov­ing (traf­fic) is,” Bryson said.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice is­sued a travel warn­ing for parts of the Up­per Penin­sula, in­clud­ing Ke­weenaw and Houghton coun­ties. Fore­casts call for 9-14 inches of snow start­ing Thurs­day night and end­ing Satur­day morn­ing, with winds gust­ing up to 35 mph.

Snow­fall to­tals of 6-12 inches are pos­si­ble in other parts of the west­ern Up­per Penin­sula.

Else­where, a blast of win­try weather also is fore­cast, with 3-5 inches of snow pos­si­ble in the west­ern and south­west­ern Lower Penin­sula. Cold tem­per­a­tures are spread across the state and south­east­ern Michi­gan in­clud­ing Detroit, which could get 1 inch of snow.

Judge Robert Colombo to re­ceive ser­vice award

Detroit — Wayne County Third Cir­cuit Court Chief Judge Robert J. Colombo Jr. will be hon­ored for his ca­reer in pub­lic ser­vice.

The Detroit Bar As­so­ci­a­tion & Foun­da­tion says Colombo was to re­ceive the 14th An­nual Den­nis W. Archer Pub­lic Ser­vice Award at the Detroit Yacht Club on Thurs­day.

Colombo has spent 38 years as a cir­cuit court judge. He has been chief judge of the court since 2014. He also is co-chair of the Detroit Bar Foun­da­tion.

The Detroit Bar also will rec­og­nize its 2018 Class of Fel­lows. Fel­lows are mem­bers who have demon­strated a life­time of achieve­ment or ex­cep­tional ser­vice to lawyers and the com­mu­nity. The 2018 Cor­po­rate Cit­i­zen Out­reach Award re­cip­i­ents also will be rec­og­nized for pub­lic ser­vice and com­mu­nity out­reach con­tri­bu­tions in the Detroit area.

Colombo

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