Update, 1 p.m. — In Clinton County, eastbound Interstate 96 has one lane blocked near M-100 (Wright Road) due to a crash, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.
In Eaton County, westbound Interstate 96 between St. Joseph Highway and Waverly Road has reopened.
All Capital Area District Library branches planned to close at 1 p.m.
Update, 12:15 p.m. — In Eaton County, westbound Interstate 96 between Creyts Road and Waverly Road is closed due to an accident.
Update, 12:05 p.m. — In Clinton County, westbound traffic on Interstate 69 is closed near exit 94 (Saginaw Highway) due to a jackknifed semitrailer.
Update, 11:40 a.m. — Ingham County officials are reporting a “major accident” on westbound Interstate 96 near the Williamston Road exit. There is a semitrailer blocking the highway, and westbound traffic is shut down at mile marker 117.
In Lansing, officials said City Hall, 54-A District Court and related facilities, including the city’s community centers, will close at 3 p.m. All city-sponsored meetings and events planned to start after 3 p.m. are cancelled.
Update, 11:30 a.m. — Eastbound traffic on Interstate 96 at U.S. 127 is back open.
In East Lansing, officials announced plans to close some facilities early. East Lansing City Hall, 54-B District Court and the East Lansing Public Library all will close at noon Friday. The Hannah Community Center will stay open during normal business hours.
Update, 10:40 a.m. — Eaton County officials advise motorists to avoid Interstate 96 on the west side of Lansing until further notice after reports of another crash on the interstate near St. Joseph Highway in Delta Township. All westbound traffic on I-96 in Eaton County is being diverted.
Update, 10:15 a.m. — Eaton County officials report Interstate 96 westbound near Saginaw Highway (M-43) is closed due to a crash involving a semitrailer, and subsequent secondary crashes.
Lansing police responded to 12 crashes between midnight at 10 a.m., said Lansing Police Public Information Director Robert Merritt.
Original article: LANSING – Crashes across the Lansing region are snarling traffic for the morning commute.
In Ingham County, officials closed eastbound traffic on Interstate 96 near U.S. 127 about 9 a.m. due to a crash involving a semitrailer. There were only minor injuries associated with that crash, said Capt. Greg Harris, a spokesman for the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office.
“One of the biggest problems isn’t necessarily the roads themselves, but people aren’t slowing down,” he said. “The timing is bad and people aren’t respecting the snow.”
About the same time in Clinton County, a crash caused lane blockages on eastbound Interstate 69 shortly after the Grand River Avenue exit, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Several vehicles were involved in another crash on southbound U.S. 127 just south of the Interstate 69 interchange.
Clinton County logged seven crashes — four of them involving injuries — by about 9:30 a.m., said Lt. Jeff Clarke, a spokesman for the Clinton County Sheriff’s office.
None of the injuries were serious, he said. Another dozen vehicles slide-offs were reported.
Snowfall is generally expected to be heavier south of Interstate 96, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. It should subside sometime this afternoon, the weather service reported.
At the Capital Region International Airport, flights through mid-afternoon Friday have been cancelled; as of 10 a.m., later flights were stilled listed as “on time” on the airport website.
Check back for updates.
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