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Snow, freezing rain forces dozens of school closures

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Counties currently under a Winter Weather Advisory. Counties currently under a Winter Weather Advisory.

A wintery mix that came through Mid-Michigan Thursday night into Friday morning is leaving behind small amounts of snow and ice, leading to dozens of area school closures.

At last check, more than 150 schools, school districts and businesses in Mid-Michigan have chosen to close their doors.

"A low pressure system will track across the Ohio Valley today. As a result, we will continue to have snow and freezing rain/drizzle in the forecast," said Meteorologist Catherine Bodak. "There will be significant icing in some locations so watch for extremely dangerous travel. This low will start to exit the region and the precipitation will taper off in the overnight. A few scattered rain/snow showers will linger into Saturday."

Bodak said a stronger system will then impact the region late Saturday into Sunday. Widespread mixed precipitation is expected during that storm.

The threat of ice and heavy snow has Consumers Energy preparing for power outages across the state and reminding customers of preparation tips before, during and after storms strike.

Ice accumulation is a serious threat to the electric distribution system. Current weather forecasts call for as much as an inch of ice from freezing rain in portions of southern Lower Michigan Saturday and into Sunday. Thursday night and Friday, lighter amounts of freezing rain are expected as a storm system moves through the state.

Consumers Energy is monitoring the weather and is preparing for possible power outages. Headquarters are staffed and additional company and contractor crews are on standby to quickly respond to any power outages and downed power lines caused by the expected storms.

Some important tips to help prepare for a storm include:

  • Charge electronic devices such as cell phones and laptop and tablet computers, and have fresh batteries available for items such as flashlights and weather radios. 
  • Have a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food available, and don't forget a first aid kit or any prescription medication if needed.  
  • During and after a storm, people are advised to stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that every line is "live" and dangerous. Residents are also reminded to not touch anything a power line may be touching, including trees, fences, other debris and puddles.
  • Report any downed wires by calling 9-1-1 or Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050.

Stay with TV5 and as this latest batch of winter weather pushes through our region.

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