EASTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – Authorities believe heavy snowfall is a factor in a West Michigan school bus crash that injured one student.

Sheriff’s officials say an Ionia Public Schools bus was unable to negotiate a curve Thursday afternoon in Ionia County’s Easton Township, ran off the road and rolled onto its side.

The driver and five students were on the bus. One student suffered minor injuries.

The accident occurred as a winter storm began sweeping east across the state. The National Weather Service forecasts up to a foot of snow in parts of Michigan.

Six to 12 inches of snow could accumulate north of Interstate 96 in the Grand Rapids area. Some spots could get more than a foot. In the northern Lower Peninsula, 6 to 10 inches could fall.

In Metro Detroit, CBS 62 Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus said we can expect 2 to 4 inches of snowfall.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect though Friday morning. (More on the weather here).


Meantime, a blizzard of potentially historic proportions threatened to strike the Northeast with a vengeance Friday, with up to 2 feet of snow feared along the densely populated Interstate 95 corridor from the New York City area to Boston and beyond. Forecasters said this could one for the record books. (More at CBSNewYork.com).

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