MDOT crews prepare for winter blast Monday morning

Posted at 4:49 AM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-11 05:24:39-05

(WXYZ) — Metro Detroit's first real blast of winter weather is expected to hit the region on Monday. The 7 First Alert Weather Team expects most areas around Detroit will get between two and four inches of snow.

“I mean, it’s Michigan. We have to be ready for anything right?" said driver Karen Fritz.

In addition to an earlier-than-expected snowfall, frigid temperatures are also in store and potentially record-breaking for this time of year.

Cody Gundick of Trenton isn't taking any chances with the impending snow and cold.

“I got brand new tires, I just put the heat in my gas tank so it’s start in the morning and what not. So, yeah, I feel ready for it," he told 7 Action News.

This blast of winter weather comes as MDOT crews are still deep in summer and fall construction projects on major freeways like I-75.

“We are definitely still working in a lot of areas and part of why we are still working has been because we’ve had a lot of rain in the last couple months, and when we do get the colder temperatures and rain, there’s certain kind of work that you can’t do," explained MDOT spokesperson Diane Cross.

Road Commissions for Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties are likely pre-treating the roads and standing by to roll out salt trucks, depending on how bad conditions get, Cross said.

Cross said this arctic blast falling on Veterans Day could help crews and drivers, as fewer people will likely be heading into work on Monday.

She suggests drivers who are heading out give themselves plenty of extra time and additional space between their car and other vehicles, once on the road.