Winds, blowing snow create whiteout conditions - WNEM TV 5

Winds, blowing snow create whiteout conditions

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Whiteout conditions near Ruth, MI. Photo courtesy of Jan Kriewall Adler Whiteout conditions near Ruth, MI. Photo courtesy of Jan Kriewall Adler
Caseville area- photo courtesy Rich Ignatowski. Caseville area- photo courtesy Rich Ignatowski.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM/AP) -

Winds and blowing snow are creating whiteout conditions in parts of Michigan, prompting highway closures in some areas.

TV5 Meteorologist Doug Moats says a new blast of Arctic air has spilled into the region Thursday. Light snow has fallen but just a little accumulation expected. Wind chill values have approached -15 in some areas.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for Clare, Gratiot, Isabella and Roscommon counties and remains until 3 p.m. on Thursday.  Areas within the advisory could see up to an inch of snow.

In addition, a WIND CHILL ADVISORY is in effect for Alcona, Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, and Ogemaw counties until 4 p.m. on Thursday.  Wind Chill values for these areas could be colder that fifteen degrees below zero. 

Road conditions are also sketchy, especially in Genesee County. Genesee County 911 Operations says a particularily troubling area is on West Hill Road at Torrey Road. Blowing snow has created white out conditions and accidents have been reported in that region.

Other accidents in Genesee County have been reported on westbound I-69 at southbound I-75. An accident was also reported on southbound I-75 at Dort Highway.

Other accidents reported:

  • 7:11 a.m. southbound I-75 @ Bristol Road
  • 7:15 a.m. southbound I-475 @ eastbound I-69
  • 7:21 a.m. southbound I-75 @ Miller Road
  • 7:40 a.m. southbound I-75 @ Pierson Road
  • 7:47 a.m. eastbound I-69 @ northbound I-475
  • 7:58 a.m. northbound I-75 @ Corunna Road
  • 8:19 a.m. eastbound I-69 @ Saginaw Street
  • 8:21 a.m. westbound I-69 @ Oak Road
  • 8:22 a.m. southbound I-75 @ Corunna Road
  • 8:34 a.m. eastbound I-69 @ Center Road
  • 8:48 a.m. southbound I-75 @ Miller Road
  • 8:54 a.m. eastbound I-69 @ Bristol Road
  • 8:58 a.m. northbound U.S. 23 @ northbound I-75
  • 8:58 a.m. southbound I-75 @ Coldwater Road
  • 9:10 a.m. westbound I-69 @ Belsay Road
  • 9:20 a.m. southbound U.S. 23 @ Hill Road
  • 9:31 a.m. westbound I-69 @ Belsay Road
  • 10:31 a.m. southbound U.S. 23 @ Hill Road
  • 11:05 a.m. I-75 near Maple Avenue
  • 11:25 a.m. southbound U.S. 23 @ southbound I-75
  • 11:26 a.m. southbound U.S. 23 @ Hill Road

In northern Michigan, State Police report that M-28 between Marquette and Munising is shut down Thursday morning. That follows the closure for part of Wednesday of US-2 near St. Ignace.

The snow comes as bitterly cold temperatures linger across the state, with readings ranging from 8 below zero in Houghton in the Upper Peninsula to the teens in parts of the Lower Peninsula. The cold is expected to last through the weekend.

In western Michigan, the National Weather Service says the area got about 3 inches of snow. Winds gusting to 30 mph made visibility poor at times, and the wind chill temperatures were 5 to 10 degrees below zero. Some school closings are reported.

Authorities say whiteout conditions are a factor in a multi-vehicle crash near Ann Arbor that left one person dead and others injured.

The Ann Arbor News reports the crash involving a semi happened Thursday morning on M-52 in Washtenaw County's Sharon Township.

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