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Long shifts for plow drivers amid winter storm
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WZZM 13's Jon Mills rode along Tuesday as crews tried to reach every street in Muskegon.

"We are getting things cleaned up," said City of Muskegon equipment operator Mike Frey. He's one of the Muskegon plow drivers working long shifts. "This time of the year, you expect to be doing it."

Frey was behind the wheel until midnight Monday battling ice. Lake-effect snow was his challenge Tuesday.

Strong winds are pushing that snow from place to place.  It's impacting visibility for travelers.

Frey says 10 days ago, he was keeping busy at work doing springtime-type maintenance projects. "It has been unique," Frey said of this winter.

He has some advice for travelers sharing the roads with plows: "Be patient, and back off and give us a little distance.  Some people get impatient and crowd in on you, and there are spots behind us [where] the visibility is not that great."

"It is, it is a mess, it is a mess," said Nakitra Hannett of Muskegon. Her kids didn't have school Tuesday. "It is the first snow day."

One child helped salt the sidewalk in front of their home. Hannett did the shoveling.  At least the show was light, she said. "It is light, very light, but after a while it wears on your back."

The snow that fell on Muskegon County can be blamed in part on Lake Michigan, where waves were crashing and hundreds of ice balls are now bobbing.


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