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Meteorologist Catherine Bodak
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
Overnight rain is making Tuesday morning's commute tricky as area roadways get coated with ice and up to two inches of fresh snow.
A low pressure system is currently leaving the Plains states and heading toward Mid-Michigan.
It will bring us different types of precipitation, windy conditions, and a big change in temperatures. Winter weather advisories are in effect for Roscommon, Alcona, Arenac, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Ogemaw, and Iosco counties.
Wind advisories are in effect for Bay, Genesee, Huron, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee and Tuscola counties until 10 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Your morning commute may be slick, so give yourself some extra time to travel.
Temperatures will continue to gradually fall throughout Tuesday, and we will also continue to see scattered snow. Most can expect around an inch of accumulation, but expect around 2" for cities included in the winter weather advisory.
Consumers Energy offers the following tips when dealing with a winter storm situation:
Keep enough supplies for 72 hours – food, water, medication, etc. Remember to have food that doesn't require refrigeration or heating and copies of prescriptions as well as a first aid kit. Don't forget food / water for your pets as well.
Keep flashlights, a portable radio and extra batteries handy. For safety, battery operated lights should be used instead of candles which can cause a fire.
Install battery-operated carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and smoke alarms.
Don't use the stove or oven to heat a home, and don't use generators in enclosed areas (garages, breezeways) or near other air intakes for risk of CO poisoning.
When using a generator, make sure it is properly installed by a licensed electrician, for the safety of line workers and other emergency responders who may come near power lines.
Change smoke and CO detector batteries when resetting clocks for daylight savings.
Charge your electronics prior to the storm and switch to a battery saving mode if power is lost.
Limit non-essential calls so your devices are available for emergency information or contacting 911.
During a Storm
Stay away from downed power lines and debris that might be entangled with power lines.
Stay at least 25 feet away from all downed wires and always assume they are "live." Call Consumers Energy immediately at 1-800-477-5050 or your local law enforcement agency if you see any downed power lines.
Don't touch anything a power line may be touching including trees, fences and puddles. A good rule is if you are in a safe location, stay there (like your house or car) and then make sure you notify Consumers Energy.
Don't interfere with utility crews while they are working.
Visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com on your mobile device, which immediately displays helpful outage and storm related information, including our new online outage map.
After a Storm
Check on neighbors or family members who may have been affected by the storm.
Limit non-essential travel to avoid going into hazardous areas and avoid hampering restoration efforts.
When safe to leave your home, check on those with specific concerns such as the elderly, those with infants, limited mobility or other special needs.
Monitor your local radio station or Consumers Energy's on line outage map, www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap on your mobile device to get the most current power restoration information.
If your home loses heat during period of extreme cold, call 211 and see if there is a designated public shelter in your area. You can also visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency website from your mobile device, www.FEMA.gov and use its shelter-locating mobile application.
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