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Icy surface blamed for 30-vehicle freeway pileup

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A snowstorm pushing across Michigan's Lower Peninsula is being blamed for a 30-vehicle pileup that is forcing the closing of U.S. 131 north of Grand Rapids.

State police Sgt. Brian Keely says that no major injuries were reported in the chain-reaction crash, which happened about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in Kent County's Algoma Township near Rockford.

Keely blames the crash on rapidly forming ice on the expressway surface. Other accidents have been happening around Kent and Ottawa counties.

The National Weather Service says snow was falling in the Grand Rapids area at 3 p.m. Tuesday, with 17 mile-per-hour west winds and a 21-degree reading. It says snow was falling in a number of parts of the state, with temperatures ranging from the low teens to upper 20s.

As a result, a number of counties in West Michigan are under a winter weather advisory until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Back here at home, TV5 Meteorologist Doug Moats says frigid air was reinforced with another blast of Arctic Air on Tuesday night, causing overnight lows to dip into the single digits. Mid-Michigan experienced subzero wind chill values for the second straight night. 

Some light snow fell over Mid-Michigan Tuesday night and Wednesday with little to no accumulation. 

Highs on Wednesday and Thursday will be in the teens.  Highs for Friday and Saturday will be in the middle 20's. The next blast of snow is expected to come on Saturday in a potential winter storm.

  • Wednesday:  Scattered light snow. High of 18.
  • Thursday:  Partly cloudy.  High of 19.
  • Friday:  Mostly cloudy. High of 25.
  • Saturday: Snow Showers. High of 25.
  • Sunday: Light Snow & Flurries. High of 23.
  • Monday:  Partly Cloudy.  High of 19.
  • Tuesday:  Chance of Light Snow. High of 26.

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