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Storm cripples NE MI with wet, heavy snow, sleet & strong winds

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on April 16, 2018 – 12:56 amNo Comment

A strong storm system crippled northeast Michigan over the weekend, dropping wet, heavy snow that knocked out utility service to thousands of people, closed businesses and led to the cancellation of events, including the Alpena High School prom.

The system continues to impact the area Monday, with most schools closed along with some businesses, churches and even some municipalities.

Thousands of people remain without power and residents are being asked to stay off local roadways whenever possible.

According to the National Weather Service, snowfall totals are only trickling in as many spotters did not report after Saturday evening.  But it appears many areas of the region received well over a foot of snow.

Wind gusts over 45 miles per hour were measured in some parts of the region.

The system is expected to slowly moved out of the area tonight, but not before leaving a couple of more inches of snow behind.  Lingering snow showers are possible Tuesday morning.

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