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Crews encounter 10-foot snowdrifts

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Crews in one Michigan county encountered 10-foot-high snowdrifts while working to clear roads in rural areas.

Lenawee County Road Commission operations manager Jason Schnaidt tells The Daily Telegram of Adrian that work through Tuesday left roads "passable."

Schnaidt says 10-foot snowdrifts were encountered on Sims Highway, just west of Morenci. He says big drifts were found in other parts of the county as well.

Schnaidt says plow drivers encountered a few vehicles stuck in snow on Tuesday, but less than on Sunday and Monday when abandoned vehicles slowed efforts to open roads. Snowplow drivers planned to work again Wednesday to widen the path on rural roads.

Drifting snow has been a problem in Lenawee County since Saturday. The winds eased Tuesday, making it less of an issue.

Many schools in Michigan are closed for another day as dangerously cold temperatures linger across the state.

Hundreds of Michigan elementary, middle and high schools were shut. Students in Flint Community Schools on Wednesday had their third consecutive day off because of cold weather.

Some other school districts that shut down Tuesday were reopening.

A western Michigan pavilion that for years served as a gathering place for church groups, fundraisers and family reunions has collapsed under the weight of snow.

No injuries were reported following the Monday collapse in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that the Christian Reformed Recreation Center hasn't yet assessed potential damage to the pavilion's kitchen, bathrooms and picnic tables.

The 40-year-old pavilion seated 400 people. Executive Director Al Vander Hart wants the public to weigh in on how to best rebuild.

Here at home, TV5 Meteorologist Catherine Bodak says the wind will remain brisk out of the southwest. Temperatures will reach the upper teens but it will still feel below zero as winds gust in the 20s.

The coldest of the arctic air has moved out of the region but it will still be below average the next several days. We have some more snow on the way Thursday afternoon with accumulations between 1-3 inches anticipated.

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