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Michigan braces for winter weather; storm recovery continues

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on February 12, 2019 – 12:48 amNo Comment
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Michigan is bracing for more icy and potentially damaging weather as crews wrap up efforts to restore power to those affected by last week’s ice storms.

The National Weather Service says accumulating snow and ice are expected across Michigan, with blowing snow and hazardous travel Tuesday.

Snow and freezing rain are possible into Wednesday.

The Upper Peninsula is expected to get the biggest snow accumulations.

Many places across northeast Michigan will see 8-11 inches of fresh snow by tomorrow morning, with locally higher amounts possible.  Wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour will make travel difficult at times.

The forecast comes after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Saturday declared a state of emergency in Grand Rapids, qualifying the city for additional assistance.  Consumers Energy’s online outage map showed about 1,300 customers without power Monday, down from a peak last week of 231,000.

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