More snow forecast across parts of Michigan - WNEM TV 5

More snow forecast across parts of Michigan

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM/AP) - A foot or more of fresh snow is expected in parts of northern Michigan through Thursday, adding to already deep snow on the ground.

The National Weather Service says 8 to 14 inches of lake-effect snow is possible in the northern Lower Peninsula, including the Gaylord area. As of Tuesday, up to 18 inches fell in upper Michigan. The weather service says totals into Wednesday morning are being collected.

In western Michigan, the weather service says at least 16 inches has fallen since Monday in Grand Rapids and in Kalamazoo County. Southwestern Michigan could see 5 to 8 more inches into Thursday. The Detroit area could see 1 to 2 inches.

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TV5 Meteorologist Lauren Fahrenkrug says the area will remain colder than average on Wednesday with high only reaching the mid to upper 20's. Wind chill factors will be in the teens.

The wind will shift out of the south which will shut down the lake effect snow. However, a low pressure system will move across Michigan bringing widespread snow. The area will see 1-2" with locally higher amounts of up to 3" possible.

The snow will wind down but the area will see a few lingering light snow showers and flurries tonight.

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Mid-Michigan will remain in the 20's for the rest of the work week and a cold stretch comes in behind that.

Motorists are also being urged to use extra caution while crossing the Mackinac Bridge due to blowing snow in the Straits of Mackinac area.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority says in a posting Wednesday morning on its website that the snow is creating limited visibility and may leave the road surface slippery.

The five-mile bridge connects the Upper and Lower peninsulas. Motorists also are instructed to reduce their speed to a maximum of 20 mph and turn on low-beam headlights.

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