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Bitterly cold temperatures felt across Michigan

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM/AP) -

Bitterly cold temperatures are being felt across Michigan as officials warn people to take precautions to avoid frostbite.

The National Weather Service reports the temperature dropped Monday morning to 29 degrees below zero in the northern Lower Peninsula community of Pellston and 24 below in Grayling.

Locally, TV5 Meteorologist Doug Moats says March is starting out way below normal in terms of temperatures. 

It's going to be another very cold overnight with lows falling to below zero.  Clouds will increase Monday night, and light snow will arrive late in the overnight hours.

The area will see mainly less than and inch of accumulation.  A little more light snow will fall early on Tuesday.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the upper teens and low 20s.

Across the state, it was 16 below on Monday in Traverse City, 7 below in Grand Rapids and 3 below in Lansing.

It was 4 above in Detroit, where the high Monday was expected to be in the teens. In the Upper Peninsula, it was 21 below in Houghton.

Wind chill temperatures of 15 below to 30 below are widely expected Monday. The cold is expected to ease somewhat on Tuesday.

The cold follows a fresh wave of snow fell on much of Michigan over the weekend.

A fresh wave of snow fell on much of Michigan over the weekend, but for once the worst of the weather is elsewhere in the region as CMS Energy Corp. dispatches dozens of its employees to help with a severe ice storm expected to hit Kentucky.

Slippery streets and highways have caused numerous accidents in Michigan, including one in which a car hit a state police patrol car handling an earlier accident on Interstate 696 in Southfield.

WWJ-AM says the trooper escaped injury in the crash. Traffic was halted on eastbound I-696.

Authorities say a snowmobiler died when he struck a parked vehicle as snow fell Saturday night in Van Buren County.

The National Weather Service reports 5.1 inches of new snow in Jackson County.

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