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Widespread snow across Mid-Michigan

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM/AP) -

A number of accidents have been reported on Mid-Michigan roadways as snow continues to fall across the region.

Genesee County officials responded to many accident calls Thursday morning, including a semi-truck that went over a guard rail, crashed and then exploded on I-69, near Irish Road. That crash happened around 11 a.m. Thursday.

Crews were also on the scene of two separate rollover crashes on U.S. 10 in Bay County.

As a result, a winter weather advisory has been issued for southern Michigan as well as the shoreline counties of the Thumb.

A lake effect snow advisory is in place for Huron, Sanilac and Saint Clair counties in the Thumb until 1 a.m. Friday morning.

Many counties in the southern part of the state are under winter weather advisories until Thursday afternoon. Three counties in the southwest part of the state are under winter weather warnings until 4 p.m. Thursday. Those counties are Berrien, Cass and Joseph.

TV5 Meteorologist Doug Moats says scattered light snow is expected with minimal accumulation for most of us.  The Thumb is under a Lake Effect Snow Advisory until 1 a.m. on Friday.  Several inches of snow is expected through Thursday night. 

In addition to the snow, very cold air remains in place and will stay with us through Friday.  Saturday and Sunday will be slightly warmer before some more extremely, bitter Arctic air hits us next week.

  • Wednesday night:  Scattered snow. Low of 9.
  • Thursday:  Chance of snow.  High of 16.
  • Friday:  Mostly cloudy.  High of 13.
  • Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High of 28.
  • Sunday: Scattered Light Snow. High of 24.
  • Monday:  Chance of Snow. High of 9.
  • Tuesday:  Very Cold, Mostly Cloudy.  High of 10.
  • Wednesday:  Mainly Cloudy & Cold.  High of 13.

The storm dropped up to a foot of snow on parts of Michigan, causing crashes and spinouts on roadways.

Snowfall began Tuesday and continued Thursday morning, with the National Weather Service reporting 12 inches in the southwestern Michigan community of Paw Paw. More than 7 inches fell in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids got more than 4 inches.

At least another inch is possible Thursday.

Ice jams prompted a flood advisory for the Pere Marquette River in Mason County and the Muskegon River in Osceola County.

In southeast Michigan, at least 6 inches of snow was reported in Monroe. Roads were slippery and snow-covered in Detroit and its suburbs for the Thursday morning commute. Totals of 5 to 8 inches are expected, with snow tapering off around midday.

That snow has been causing problems at airports as well. Flights in and out of Detroit have seen delays, but no major issues so far.

And that same storm system caused Wednesday night's flights to Chicago from both MBS and Bishop to be canceled until things clear up.

While the midwest continues to shiver in frigid temperatures, a major snow storm is bearing down on the east coast. The heaviest snow is expected to fall Thursday night and into Friday.

The storm has already caused major problems across the midwest. As much as a foot of snow fell in some parts of Chicago, prompting hundreds of flight cancellations.

Across much of the country, temperatures are expected to be zero and below.

AAA Michigan says it has assisted thousands of motorists during a multi-day storm that dropped up to a foot of snow on parts of the state.

Spokeswoman Nancy Cain says the auto club received 500 calls by midmorning Thursday from drivers dealing with spinouts, cars in ditches and dead batteries. According to Cain, AAA Michigan helped 3,000 residents on New Year's Day.

Neither represents a record, but Cain says the Dearborn-based auto club called in extra workers to deal with the onslaught of calls.

Snowfall began Tuesday and continued Thursday morning, with the National Weather Service reporting 12 inches in the southwestern Michigan community of Paw Paw. More than 7 inches fell in Kalamazoo.

Roads were slippery and snow-covered in Detroit and its suburbs for the Thursday morning commute.

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