Cleanup work continues after the storm

Mechanic Jeremy Knuth works on an engine of one of the Mecosta County Road Commission’s truck. In this particular instance, Knuth was trying complete the job after the fan bearings caused the fan to cause damage to the radiator. (Pioneer photos/Brandon Fountain)

MECOSTA COUNTY — A weekend of rain, freezing rain, slush, snow and high winds forced local schools to close on Monday, as area residents surrendered to digging themselves out after an early-spring storm.

Mecosta County Road Commission crews spent much of the day Monday clearing snow from roads, Manager Tim Nestle said.

While road crews were focused on plowing the snow from main and secondary roads in the county, mechanics at the road commission were just as busy.

The mechanics had a steady flow of work, handling everything from the usual maintenance of trucks and other equipment to major mechanical repairs.

One of the most regular maintenance jobs for mechanics at the Mecosta County Road Commission includes changing broken or worn hoses on trucks and other equipment.

Mechanic Jeremy Knuth, of Reed City, spent much of the day working on one road commission truck which had the bearings on its fan malfunction, sending the fan into the radiator.

A year ago, the area was experiencing mostly sunny weather and temperatures in the low-60s, according to the National Weather Service. The average temperatures for mid-April for Mecosta County are mid-50s.

Looking ahead, the NWS forecasts snow showers are expected early Tuesday morning but should end by early early afternoon, with some morning commute delays.

Another storm system is expected to bring in rain that will change to snow late Wednesday into Thursday morning, with some accumulations possible. This also could cause delays, the NWS said.

On Friday, the area should see sunny skies and a high around 50 degrees.

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Posted by Brandon Fountain

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