DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A bitter cold snap continues to grip Michigan, forcing school closures and prompting warming centers to extend hours for those most at risk.
The National Weather Service said high temperatures Wednesday only reached the mid-teens. Detroit’s low temperature Wednesday was 5 degrees, while Drummond Island off the eastern Upper Peninsula was the state’s cold spot at minus 13.
The coldest spot in Michigan Tuesday was Gwinn in the central Upper Peninsula, where temperatures of minus 17 were recorded. Detroit’s low temperature Tuesday was 1 degree.
Two warming centers in Detroit extended their hours Tuesday to accommodate rising demand, while sheriff’s deputies patrol in search of homeless people in danger of freezing.
Meanwhile, a shelter for the homeless in Traverse City says a record number of people took refuge there because of bitter cold. Operators say 66 people showed up at Central United Methodist on Monday night, breaking the previous high of 57.
Here’s the local forecast from the CBS Detroit Weather Team:
Wednesday – Overcast with a chance of snow and rain showers. Winds from the WSW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 40%. High of 21F, low of 14F with a windchill as low as 0F.
Thursday – Partly cloudy in the day, then overcast. Winds from the North at 5 to 20 mph. High of 25F, low of 23F with a windchill as low as 7F.
Friday – Overcast with a chance of snow and rain showers. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 50% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible. High of 27F, low of 12F with a windchill as low as 5F.
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