The winter storm that pounded mid-Michigan on Friday has caused numerous accidents, tying up traffic on highways and other roads across the area.
The worst was a 38 car pile up along Interstate 94 near Galesburg that involved more than a dozen semis.
Elsewhere, traffic ground to a halt along U.S. 127 at Saginaw in Lansing because of numerous accidents around 4 p.m..
A multiple car accident also sent eight people to the hospital and shut down westbound Interstate 69 around 2 p.m.
Westbound I-96 was shut down just before noon at mile marker 117 (between Okemos and Williamston) due to a jack-knifed semi blocking the highway. A second semi slid off the road in that area as well. Authorities were not aware of any injuries in those crashes.
The roads were an issue throughout the day Friday, with several crashes shutting down eastbound I-96 at US-127 Friday morning. The freeway was shut down for more than two hours, reopening just before noon. Authorities were not aware of injuries in those crashes.
Police say people should just stay off the roads.
“Traveling may be extremely dangerous during periods of heavy snowfall over the next two days,” said Capt. Chris Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. “If you can stay home, we encourage you to do so. Minimizing the number of vehicles on the roads, will help snowplows clear roads quicker and safer.”