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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM/AP) -
A bitter cold snap continues to grip Michigan, forcing school closures and prompting warming centers to extend hours for those most at risk.
Locally, Mid-Michigan saw temperatures in the single digits with wind chills hitting -10. Temps are expected to climb into the teens over the next 24 hours and into the 20s by the weekend.
The National Weather Service says temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees are expected Wednesday in the Detroit area. Detroit's low temperature Tuesday was 1 degree. Gwinn in the central Upper Peninsula was Michigan's cold spot at minus 17.
Two warming centers in Detroit extended their hours Tuesday to accommodate rising demand, while sheriff's deputies patrol in search of homeless people in danger of freezing.
Meanwhile, a shelter for the homeless in Traverse City says a record number of people took refuge there because of bitter cold. Operators say 66 people showed up at Central United Methodist on Monday night, breaking the previous high of 57.
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