Despite the official arrival of spring last week, winter returned with a vengeance over the weekend, bringing with it an onslaught of wintery weather, as some areas of Livingston County received as much as 11 inches of snow to Livingston County. While next week is expected to warm up, precipitation is expected to continue to be heavy.
    The blast of snow and ice (and subsequent dangerous travel conditions) came from Winter Storm Uma, which produced heavy snow in a thin band across the Midwest and into parts of the East Coast on Saturday and Sunday.
    Pontiac itself got hit with nine inches of snow and made travel locally very much a hazard, too. Pontiac Police Maj. Dan Davis said that there was a report of one accident occurring Saturday directly attributable to the snow and icy conditions, and four other reports of cars ending up in ditches in Pontiac alone. Pontiac Streets Superintendent Chris Brock said he’d heard the scanner going off with all sorts of ditched cars on I-55.
    Brock said his crews began laying salt Saturday morning at by 9 a.m. and that the full crew was out by 5 p.m. to begin plowing and did not finish until approximately 11 p.m. He said he noticed, too, that the west end of town seemed to have received more snow than the east.
    The superintendent said that the heavier, wetter snow made the job the city crews did more difficult.
    “A spring snow is always hard because it’s heavy and it’s wet and it just creates a whole different kind of plowing,” he said. “You have to be careful because it’s a lot of weight coming off at the end of a plow and there could be damage with that. When it’s heavy and wet, I call them ‘snow boulders’ that build up and roll off at the end of the plow that are really heavy, and if we’re not careful they could take out a mailbox or hit a car really hard and cause damage.
    “You have to plow it a little bit slower and be a little bit more mindful about what’s coming off the end of your plow. It’s not a powdery snow.”
    Ahead this week, the weather services are calling for more precipitation — but the temperatures will be high enough to produce the wet stuff instead of the white stuff. After Monday’s rain, more is expected today —  with a likely high of 56 degrees, the National Weather service said that the chance of precipitation is 80 percent, and that the rainfall amounts should be between a tenth and quarter of an inch; however, more rain could be produced if there is the presence of thunderstorms.
    There’s a lower chance of rain expected to hit Thursday, as well, with an identical high as to today.