GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The big snowstorm that hit West Michigan Tuesday started slowly, but over about five or six hours, the highways went from dry and clear to slick and snow covered.

"They are terrible," observed driver Eric Matthews as he left his office in Walker Tuesday afternoon. "I'm going to have a white knuckle drive home, for sure."

As the inches kept accumulating through the evening, road conditions continued to deteriorate. The few drivers who ventured out were crawling along the freeway, trying to navigate safely.

"It was not snowing at all when I went to work," says Carly Colegrove. "Then it started to rain, then there was a slurpy kind of mix and now it's snow. Got to love Michigan!"

There were not as many crashes or vehicles in the ditch as are often reported during a big snowstorm. It's the end of February and, at this point in the winter, police say drivers may have more skill navigating on slippery roads.

"It is what it is," shrugs Robyn Scarbnick. "I don't mind it. I like winter."