Snowstorm dumps up to 19 inches in some parts of Michigan
A person clears snow off a car in a Northern Michigan county.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM/AP) -
A snowstorm hitting the Midwest dumped more than 19 inches of snow in northern Michigan and knocked out power to at least 142,000 state electricity customers.
The National Weather Service says the highest snowfall totals as of Friday afternoon were 19.6 inches near Gaylord in the northern Lower Peninsula and 18 inches in Chippewa County's Kinross Township in the eastern Upper Peninsula.
Totals since Thursday in northern Michigan generally ranged from 4-18 inches. Another few inches could fall Friday.
Locally, snowfall will continue to fall before diminishing late Friday afternoon. High temperatures will be in the low 30s and conditions will also become very windy with possible gusts hitting upwards of 40mph.
It will be dry and seasonable for the weekend and quiet weather is also in the forecast for Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
Dozens of northern Michigan schools closed because of weather, giving students an early start to the holiday break.
Southern Michigan received rain and snow.
CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy unit says 123,000 customers lost power, and about 55,000 remained powerless Friday afternoon. DTE Energy Co. says 19,000 customers lost power Thursday, but all got it back.
The wet, heavy snow is forcing tree branches down onto power lines, causing those lines to snap.
Many customers are offline in Mid-Michigan, most being reported north of the Tri-cities.
About 5,268 customers in Clare County are without power, with another 2,100 in Roscommon and 1,800 in Bay County without electricity. Gladwin Co. has 1,300 without power, 256 in Isabella and 110 in Saginaw counties.
As of 11 a.m., about 1,800 customers are without power in Tuscola County, 300 in Huron County, 200 in Sanilac County and 100 in Lapeer County. More outages are expected throughout Friday.
No restoration time has been announced.
Copyright 2012 WNEM (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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