Snowstorm dumps more than 10 inches on Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Snowstorm dumps more than 10 inches on Michigan

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM/AP) -

A snowstorm hitting the Midwest has dumped more than 10 inches of snow in northern Michigan and knocked out power to at least 60,000 state electricity customers.

The National Weather Service says hazardous conditions are reported Friday morning from snow that started falling a day earlier. Dozens of northern Michigan schools closed Friday because of weather, giving students an early start to the holiday break.

Southern Michigan received rain and snow. A dusting of wet snow was on the ground Friday morning in the Detroit area.

CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy unit says at 60,000 customers lost power, and 27,150 remained powerless Friday morning.

The weather service says snowfall totals could reach 13 inches in upper Michigan and 14 inches in northern lower Michigan before the storm exits Michigan Friday.

Here in Mid-Michigan, WNEM TV5 Meteorologist Catherine Bodak said a strong storm system will shift across the Great Lakes today. The snow will continue to fall before diminishing late this afternoon. High temperatures will be in the low 30s.  Conditions will also become very windy with possible gusts in the 40s.  It will be dry and seasonable for the weekend. Quiet weather is also in the forecast for Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

Tomorrow is the official start to the Christmas travel season.  Triple-A says 3-million Michigan residents are expected to hit the road for christmas.  Nationwide more than 84-million Americans will be travelling for the holiday.

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