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PLYMOUTH - They said there would be days like these.
Weather forecasters warned motorists in advance that Mother Nature may have something nasty in store for Monday, but what happened was hardly anticipated. Temperatures combined with Sunday rain made for an icy commute on Monday morning. Weather throughout the day made travel tough until snow began to fall, covering the icy mix.
"You get that hazy wet kind of atmosphere after a rain and things can get really bad," said Neal Haeck Superintendent of the Marshall County Highway Department. "When you have the wet ground and temperatures hovering right there around freezing it causes a lot of problems."
It caused problems for emergency crews much of the day. Calls started hitting Marshall County's 911 center a little after 6 a.m.
"Since 6:20 a.m. we've answered 39 911 calls," Sheriff Tom Chamberlin reported to the Marshall County Commissioners at around 10 a.m. during their Monday morning meeting. "We've had 13 property damage accidents, 12 personal injury accidents and 10 slide offs. Thankfully none of the personal injury accidents have been very serious."
Weather throughout the day continued to cause problems with several school corporations being forced to close their doors early for the day.