Snow forecast for Great Lakes, 70M people under frost, freeze advisories in full effect on Thursday
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FLINT, MI — The winter months don’t last long in Michigan.
As we wrap up a brutal winter — with frigid temperatures, snowfall totals in the teens, and the freezing of lakes and rivers — forecasters at the National Weather Service office here predict another brutal winter that could bring more extreme weather.
In fact, a winter storm watch is in effect for the whole Great Lakes.
And a number of people are under snow and ice advisories, including 70 million people in Michigan.
A freezing trend that started last fall and has seen temperatures fall below freezing since September and into December.
So, the office here is warning of another possible blast of winter weather late this week.
A winter storm may bring up to a foot of snow to the Great Lakes region on Thursday and then the next day, more like 10 to 15 inches, with snowfall totals of up to 30 inches in some locations.
In addition, the Office of Flood Control warns that ice may develop on the Kalamazoo River and the lower part of the West Branch River.
Ice in some spots could be as much as four feet and will require additional ice breakers to keep the pipes clear, according to the office.
If you see large amounts of ice along the Kalamazoo River, the office recommends stopping to take a photo but keeping moving.
In Flint, a winter storm warning is present for Tuesday, Thursday and most of Friday.
Officials at the city said that crews and firefighters are still on standby to handle any emergencies, but the city is encouraging residents and visitors to take precautions.