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April 13, 2013

Spring is nowhere to be found

TRAVERSE CITY — If icy rain, slush pools and grim skies in mid-April have you muttering, “Why do I live here?” you won’t get much encouragement from the forecast.

More snow is expected today and, while temperatures will rise to the near 50s on Monday, more cold weather is right behind it, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Andy Sullivan in Gaylord.

“We even have a chance of another snowstorm in the middle to the end of next week," Sullivan said. "So get out there while you can."

Snow caused havoc for motorists Thursday night and Friday. A car crashed into a utility pole Friday morning on U.S. 31 North, damaging at least two utility poles. One witness saw a sparking power line whipping around the pavement at about 8:45 a.m. The accident forced closure of the road between Three Mile and Four Mile roads until late afternoon.

The accident caused a power outage at a nearby condominium, said Traverse City Light and Power officials, which owned one of the damaged poles.

Leelanau County saw the heaviest power outages on Friday due to wind and ice. About 60 Northport homes and 25 Suttons Bay homes went dark with power expected to return by today, said Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern.

Another 10 homes lost power in Kingsley, he said.

Schools were closed Friday region-wide. The Benzie County Water Festival was rescheduled to April 26 “due to Mother Nature’s late April Fool’s Day joke,” organizers said.

An estimated 125 air travelers on three flights were unable to land at Cherry Capital Airport Thursday evening, said Kevin Klein, Cherry Capital Airport's executive director.

"Runway conditions were in good shape, but it was the visibility," he said. "Freezing rain, the snow falling, and the east winds."

United and American airlines made up their flights Friday morning, but not Delta Air Lines, he said.

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