A fresh round of hazardous winter weather is forecast for parts of Michigan even as bitterly cold temperatures from recent days ease.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for many counties in the western part of the state including Isabella, Clare, Gratiot, Clinton and Roscommon.
The National Weather Service says 3 to 5 inches of new snow is expected starting Thursday afternoon and into the night in Muskegon, Ludington and Big Rapids. An inch or two is forecast for cities including Lansing, Grand Rapids, Mount Pleasant, Kalamazoo and Jackson.
Here at home, TV5 Meteorologist Catherine Bodak says a low pressure system will bring the next round of snow later Thursday afternoon and early evening. 1-3 inches is expected to fall by Friday morning.
Travel will be hazardous during this time. Also, be on the lookout for increasing winds and daytime highs in the upper 20s. Watch for another round of snow showers to move in on Saturday.
Winds expected to gust above 50 mph along Lake Michigan and above 40 mph inland could create whiteout conditions.
The Upper Peninsula will get more snow. And portions of southeastern Michigan, including the Detroit area, are expected to get 1 to 2 inches.
A deep freeze that hit Michigan this week has eased. On Thursday morning, readings mostly were in the teens and 20s.
Most Michigan schools are back open after many closed for several days amid dangerously cold temperatures and snow.
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