MARQUETTE  (WWJ/AP) – A strong winter storm has dumped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of northern Michigan, forcing officials to close some roads and many schools in the Upper Peninsula.

State police say snowdrifts of up to eight feet and 40-mph wind gusts led to the closing of a stretch of M-28 between Marquette and Munising on Wednesday. It was expected to reopen at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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The Natural Weather Service said 20 inches of new snow fell in Houghton and Delta counties and 14.5 inches in Marquette County.

Parts of southern Michigan also got snow, with the weather service reporting nine inches in Mason County.

Snow, winds and icy temperatures in parts of the Lower Peninsula prompted some school closings Wednesday, on the west side of the state.

Here in metro Detroit, it was brisk and cold with some flurries on Wednesday — but we’re not expected to see any more snow until Thursday night.

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AccuWeather Meteorologist Danielle Knittle said, Thursday, . southeast Michigan is expected to see a bit of sun with a high of 26. The Detroit area will see occasional snow showing overnight and into the day on Friday — accumulating only to an inch or two. It will warm up a little bit, with a high of 36 on Friday and topping 40 degrees on Saturday.

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