Mid-Michigan wakes up to fresh blanket of snow - WNEM TV 5

Mid-Michigan wakes up to fresh blanket of snow

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Winter weather is back in the area, the latest chapter to an already brutal winter across Mid-Michigan.

This latest batch has closing many schools across the area and is making a challenge out of the morning commute.

Some areas of Mid-Michigan received almost 7 inches of snow in spots. TV5 Facebook friend John Jurek provided this picture, measuring nearly that mark in Edenville, near Sanford Lake.

In western Michigan, the snow led to crashes, including a roughly 40-vehicle freeway pileup.

The Van Buren County sheriff's department says six people had injuries that weren't considered life threatening following the Monday evening pileup on the eastbound side of I-94 in Paw Paw Township, about 55 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

Sheriff Dale Gribler says a semi lost control, sparking a chain-reaction crash. Snowy weather and drivers going too fast are to blame.

The National Weather Service says the storm broke some daily snow records for Feb. 17, including 6.2 inches falling Monday in Muskegon and 5.6 inches in Grand Rapids.

In southeastern Michigan, totals ranged from 2.5 to 4 inches in the Detroit area to 5 inches in Saginaw County.

TV5 Meteorologist Catherine Bodak says the snow will taper off Tuesday morning and temperatures will increase above the freezing mark.

Later in the week, rain will begin to develop Thursday. The mild air and wet weather could lead to flooding problems, slushy travel and dense fog.

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