Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

December 17, 2013

Snow, cold prompt Michigan school closings

Snow, cold prompt school closings

ADRIAN — Wintry weather was widespread in Michigan on Monday night, with more than nine inches of snow blanketing southern parts of the state and temperatures dropping as low as minus 21 to the north.

Several school districts in the southeastern corner of the state cancelled classes Monday because of the weekend snowstorm. They include Adrian, Dundee, Ida, Summerfield and Tecumseh.

Thirteen people sustained minor injuries in a six-vehicle pileup Monday morning near Lansing on Interstate 96 in Eaton County’s Windsor Township, the sheriff’s department told the Lansing State Journal.

The snow had stopped falling Monday night in most places, but the National Weather Service said more is in the forecast, with 4 to 9 inches expected through the day Tuesday in Manistee and 3 to 8 inches in Petoskey in the northern Lower Peninsula and 1 to 4 inches farther south.

Monday’s lows fell to 21 below at Grayling and minus 19 at Pellston in the northern Lower Peninsula, the weather service said. High temperatures reached the lower 20s in southern Michigan.

Newport in Monroe County received 9.1 inches of snow in the storm, the weather service said.

Meteorologist Phil Kurimski of the National Weather Service in Oakland County’s White Lake Township said southeastern Michigan received more snow than other parts because “some moisture kind of snuck in.”

The storms also have brought bone-chillingly cold temperatures to Michigan, though a rise above freezing is expected later in the week, weather service meteorologist Steve Freitag said.

Even with that warm-up, he said, “December looks well on track to finish well-below normal for temperatures.”

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