Snow, cold prompt school closings

Wintry weather was widespread in Michigan on Monday, with more than 9 inches of snow blanketing southern parts of the state and temperatures dropping as low as minus 21 to the north.
AP Wire
Dec 16, 2013

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

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.

The weather bureau has posted a winter weather advisory for Ottawa County until 1 p.m. Tuesday, with 3-5 inches of snow expected to fall from Monday night through early Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Thirteen people sustained minor injuries in a six-vehicle pileup Monday morning on I-96 near Lansing in Eaton County's Windsor Township, police 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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