Road crews prepared for winter weather
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.