Michiana's first snowfall comes early

New Buffalo, Mich. Michiana got its first taste of winter today with a combination of snow and rain across the region – with Southwest Michigan taking the biggest hit.

Michiana’s didn’t see its first measurable snowfall until December last year, taking many people by surprise.

“Oh yeah, I wasn't looking for this,” said New Buffalo resident Steve Palen. “They said it might, but I didn't think it would happen. We actually had snow covering on our grass this morning and it was about an inch.”

Palen’s been living in the area for decades and says he’s not used to October flurries.

“Oh it's highly unusual,” he said. “I've seen it many, many years ago but it seems that these days you don’t have this. This is extremely rare.”

Mikail Pinette, President of Classic Imports, which also has a snow plowing business, says car safety is key when it comes to the onset of winter weather.

“You have to plan slowing down, how fast you stop,” Pinette said. “It's very important to get good tires going into the season. If you have low tread on your tires, you're going to slide around, slide down the road.”

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