Some warming but cold lingers in Mid-Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Some warming but cold lingers in Mid-Michigan

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM/AP) -

Many students have gone to school for the first time this year as a deep arctic freeze begins easing across Michigan.

Temperatures in the Lower Peninsula pushed up to 21 at Beaver Island, Frankfort, Lambertville and Ypsilanti on Thursday. Detroit's high has reached 18.

Temperatures in Flint have warmed from an overnight low of minus 15 to 19 above by 3 p.m., but the city's schools remain closed for the day.

The National Weather Service predicts a big warm-up Friday, with highs in Flint and across southeastern and central Michigan reaching the mid- to upper 30s.

TV5 Chief Meteorologist Doug Moats says moderation is still on the way for temperatures across Mid-Michigan.  This is going to affect precipitation on Friday.

Light snow will continue on Friday and as temperatures warm, turn to a wintry-mix.  There is also a chance of some freezing rain and drizzle.  Hopefully moisture will be low and this will not cause much of an issue or create additional hazards. 

On Saturday, precipitation will change over to all rain and highs will be in the low 40s.  Milder than normal temperatures will stick around through the middle part of next week.

Authorities say weather in Michigan was a factor in at least three roadway deaths, one snowmobile death and five deaths involving snow clearance.

Thousands of people who lost power last month during an ice storm are getting jolted by their electricity bills.

The Lansing State Journal reports that customers are getting estimated bills because the storm interfered with meter readings. That means the power bill doesn't reflect days of lost power.

Jennifer Earls of Lansing says her $161 bill is too high. She says it feels like getting kicked when she's "already down."

Consumers Energy and Lansing Board of Water & Light are promising that subsequent bills will be lower when meters can be read. The State Journal says about 77,000 people in the capital area lost electricity, some for as long as 11 days.

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