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Governor to residents: Stay safe, warm and indoors

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Many parts of Mid-Michigan looked like this on Monday -- this is the Osier Family Farms in Standish, MI. Many parts of Mid-Michigan looked like this on Monday -- this is the Osier Family Farms in Standish, MI.
LANSING, MI (AP) -

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder urges residents to stay safe and warm, and refrain from building a snowman after heavy snowfall and amid dangerously cold temperatures.

The Republican governor told reporters Monday that the snowstorm has largely ended but now the state is facing record cold -- with temperatures plunging well below zero.

Snyder urged people not to "dwell outside," adding "this isn't the day to have kids go outside and build a snowman, or an igloo."

He says that if motorists must drive, they "slow down," and "go even slower, please" on entrance and exit ramps.

Snow started Saturday and tapered after dumping as much as 18.7 inches in places. It's being followed by temperatures plunging into the negative teens and 20s for a couple of days.

The National Weather Service says that as of late Monday morning 17.1 inches of snow fell in Flint, 18.7 inches in Owosso, 15.5 inches north of Jackson, 15.9 inches at Howell and 15 inches was reported north of Battle Creek. In the Detroit suburb of Romulus, 10.6 inches was measured at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Snow tapered after starting Saturday or Sunday. Roads remain slippery and crash-prone.

In the southern Lower Peninsula, temperatures are to drop late Monday or early Tuesday as low as minus 15. Temperatures Monday morning are in the teens in Detroit. A reading of 22 degrees below zero was reported in the Upper Peninsula community of Ironwood.

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