Up to 9.3 inches of snow falls on lower Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Up to 9.3 inches of snow falls on lower Michigan

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM/AP) -

Snow has fallen across a wide swath of winter-weary southern Michigan, leaving as much as 9.3 inches on the ground and causing spin-outs and slide-off crashes as weather disrupted the morning commute and closed hundreds of schools.

The National Weather Service says the Oakland County community of Holly had 9.3 inches by Wednesday afternoon, while Mount Clemens in neighboring Macomb County had 8.9 inches.

The weather service says 6.5 inches of snow fell at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, bringing the area within 3 inches of breaking a seasonal snowfall total of 93.6 inches set in 1880-1881.

TV5 Meteorologist Doug Moats says our latest winter storm is winding down.  Even though snow is moving out, winds will remain strong.  This will lead to blowing of snow, especially this evening. 

Overnight, clouds will clear.  Temperatures are going to be very cold, especially for March.  Lows tonight will fall to around zero degrees with wind chill values near 14 below zero. 

Thursday will be cold, but temperatures will rebound nicely for Friday afternoon.

The northern part of the state has mostly avoided Michigan's most recent brush with winter weather.

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