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Authorities report 8th Mich. death amid snow, cold

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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -

Michigan authorities say the heavy snow and deep freeze appear to be a factor in a least eight deaths, including five people who were dealing with snow.

Lt. Adam Kline with the police department in Oakland County's White Lake Township says Wednesday that the body of 72-year-old Alton Barett was found Tuesday outside his home in the community. Kline says it appears Barett was trying to dig out a tractor used to clear snow.

Kline says Barett's daughter last heard from him on Sunday. Cause of death is pending from the medical examiner's office.

Michigan authorities as of Tuesday had reported the other seven deaths, including four who collapsed after shoveling snow and three killed in traffic accidents.

Doctors warn with temperatures getting lower, be careful how you treat cold fingers and toes. Also, when your fingers and toes are cold that's a good warning sign that it's time to go indoors to avoid frostbite.

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