Drifting and Other Nighttime Snow Dilemmas

By: Kari Huston
By: Kari Huston

Country roads surrounded by open fields, it is the right combination for drifting and Mayflower is a prime example. That road is one of the worst in St. Joseph County Tuesday night.

Police say Northwest and Southwest of South Bend city limits are areas always the hardest hit by drifts.

“There will be drifts to the center of the road two feet tall at times this evening,” says County officer Lt. Ron Gerkey. “The road crews will go through and knock them down and clear the road and within a couple of hours they'll be back again.”

Road crews in Berrien County, Michigan could not keep I-94 clear either. Whiteout conditions closed both the East and Westbound lanes for about four hours this morning.

“We had about 16 semis in the median and the reason for that was the whiteout situation,” Lieutenant Willie Mays of the Michigan State Police explains.

For the day, the city of South Bend reported about 40 minor accidents and St. Joseph County Police responded to about 50. It's enough to make some drivers take it slow, especially after dark.

“Hopefully people aren't getting too confident now that the roads are a little bit better,” says South Bend driver Andrew Rhoades. “I know it gets a lot icier and slicker when the sun goes down and it gets colder.”

If the snow starts up again this week at least drivers have been reminded of what winter is supposed to be like in Michiana.

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