Slippery roads cause morning accidents

ESCANABA – Now that winter weather has returned to the region, motorists are reminded to take extra precautions during poor and slippery road conditions. Four vehicle accidents were reported in the area this morning.

Two vehicles rolled over and two vehicles went into the ditch in separate locations west and northwest of Escanaba, according to Capt. Jamie Segorski from Escanaba Public Safety.

Three of the accidents occurred on U.S. 2 & 41, two to three miles west of town while the fourth accident was on Danforth Road, he said. No injuries were reported.

Last night’s rain which was followed by snow, created hazardous conditions on the roadways, he explained.

“It’s real simple. Obviously, the roads are snow-covered and slippery – slow down,” commented Segorski.

He also recommends when driving in adverse weather conditions that motorists allow for more stopping distance between their vehicles and those in front of them. Also, use extra care and take extra time before pulling out in front of traffic, he said.

According to the National Weather Service, local skies will gradually clear today with a high near 35 degrees and north winds 10 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Scattered snow showers are expected tonight, mainly after 5 a.m. Mostly cloudy skies with a northwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Saturday’s forecast calls for a 10 percent chance of snow showers before 7 a.m. Mostly cloudy skies with a steady temperature around 20 degrees. Blustery, with a northwest wind around 20 mph.

Temperatures are expected to dip into the low teens Saturday night with wind chills between zero and 5 degrees.

Sunday’s forecast calls for a 20-percent chance of snow showers before 1 p.m. and partly sunny skies with a high near 23 degrees. There’s a 30 percent chance of snow showers Sunday night.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,