9.3 inches on ground, up to 14 forecast in Mich.

(UPDATE: 9 a.m. Friday) The Midwest's first winter storm has dumped up to 9.3 inches of an expected 14 inches of snow in northern Michigan, and has knocked out power to at least 50,000 state electricity customers.
AP Wire
Dec 20, 2012


The National Weather Service said the snow that started falling Thursday morning had reached 9.3 inches in Otsego County in the northern Lower Peninsula and 9 inches near Stephenson in the Upper Peninsula's Menominee County by 7:30 p.m.

Marquette County reported 8.5 inches the central Upper Peninsula. Southern Michigan has received rain and snow.

CMS Energy Corp. said more than 60,000 customers have lost power, and 27,150 remained powerless early Friday morning.

“While power restoration work has continued through the night, the winter storm’s sustained high winds have resulted in additional power outages,” said Garrick Rochow, the utility’s vice president of energy delivery. 

The weather service said snowfall totals could reach 13 inches in upper Michigan and 14 inches in northern lower Michigan before the storm exits Michigan on Friday.

Ottawa and Muskegon counties are under a winter weather advisory from 1 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.


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