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11:49 PM, Dec 22, 2013   |    comments
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MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sunday's ice storm was the type of winter weather that gave drivers a variety of road conditions to navigate.

WZZM 13's Jon Mills followed along with Muskegon County Road Commission snowplow drivers before dawn for a look at the challenges this storm posed.

The road commission called in first shift snow plow drivers at 1:30 a.m. to start scraping the roads and spread salt. Driver Keith Skrabis said temperatures were working in their favor. "The temperature is up and the salt is working."

At 4 a.m. northern Muskegon County was getting snow but in the southern part of the county, it was freezing rain at U.S. 31 and I-96.

East into Kent and portions of Ottawa County, trees were sparkling and crackling because of a thick and heavy coating of ice. Sidewalks had a quarter inch of ice too and private snow plow drivers were pushing ice and slush.

Skrabis said he felt like there wasn't much to show for his long shift. "Just kind of making laps. Over and over and trying to keep it clear."

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