Lansing, Michigan (WLNS) – Look alive, lower Michigan, a major winter storm seems to be coming that way.
Michigan State Police (MSP) is urging residents and guests to prepare for the winter weather that is expected to affect the southern Lower Peninsula in the next few days.
The winter mix will cover the Lower Peninsula from Wednesday, February 16, to Friday, February 18.
This is the second phase of severe winter weather just this month for the southern part of our state, and we want to thank the first service staff and road crews for their ongoing efforts to ensure our safety. Since several types of precipitation are expected, every Michigan must take precautions on the road and check the forecast before leaving the door. We know how to deal with winter weather. We will survive these next few days together. “
Governor Gretchen Whitmer
“This storm can cause many different dangers, in the forecast of rain, wet and snow,” said Colonel Joe Gasper, director of MSP. “Michiganers must prepare for rapidly changing road conditions over the next few days and potentially dangerous conditions throughout the day on Thursday.”
Here are some driving tips that MSP has shared to combat heavy rain:
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most cars, resulting in a loss of control. Fugue water will float a lot of vehicles. Remember: Turn around, don’t drown.
- Do not try to drive on a flooded road. The depth of the water is not always obvious. The road surface can be blurred under water and you may find yourself stranded or trapped.
- Do not go around the barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
- Be especially careful while driving at night when it is harder to recognize the danger of flooding.
Winter driving tips:
- Check the weather before leaving for your destination. If the weather forecast looks dangerous, reschedule or postpone the trip if possible.
- NO a crowd of snowplows. Give snowplow drivers plenty of room to clear snow from roads.
- Maintain the tire pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, and regularly check the tire pressure in cold weather.
- Make sure the windshield solvent tank is full, and check the condition of all wiper blades and replace if necessary.
- Wash your car for better visibility for other drivers. Remove ice and snow from all lights, windows and license plates before driving.
- Periodically check all lamps and replace if necessary.
- Keep a battery emergency kit, battery-powered or hand-held radio, flashlight, windshield scraper, jumpers, shovels, blankets, first aid kit in your car, do not spoil food and bottled water just in case stuck.