Some cancel travel plans ahead of icy weather in West Michigan

Some cancel travel plans ahead of icy weather in West Michigan.{ } (File - MGN)

With a weekend full of winter storm warnings, road crews are keeping their winter gear out of storage. This weekend is definitely not shaping up to be one for the outdoors.

Earlier Friday Newschannel 3's Anna Giles caught up with folks already starting to bundle up as they did some shopping and wishing for warmer days.

"It's kind of weird especially because you've got the flowers coming up and stuff, having an ice storm come through might kill off the flowers," said Lee Roberts, a shopper.

Thoughts of sunshine and outdoor travels fade away for Danielle Ruder, who cancelled plans for a weekend getaway.

"We were supposed to go to Traverse City this weekend, but we decided to stick around here where the ice and snow wasn't going to be," Ruder said.

Michigan State Police Trooper Brian Buege said it never hurts to be prepared for an ice storm.

"You can protect yourself and your family in the event of a weather emergency," he said.

In 2013 areas like Kalamazoo and Delton were hit hard by freezing rain, which knocked out power to thousands.

Buege said in the event of a storm it's smart to stock up on food, medication and other essentials.

"If you have a power outage contact the local utility company, don't contact 911 the utility company is going to have more information," Buege said.

Road crews are keeping their trucks out of storage. Allegan County Road Commissioner Craig Atwood said his team will be patrolling for slick spots all weekend.

"We were in the process of pulling everything off the trucks but we held off to the end of this week just so that we had a few trucks in each garage ready to go," Atwood said.

Many are hoping this is the last round of winter weather warnings.

"We're ready for the spring time we're ready to get busy," Roberts said.

Police want to remind people about a carbon monoxide hazard if a generator is running.

Make sure to run the generator in a ventilated area away from your home.