HOLLAND, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – As bitterly cold weather settles in across Michigan, snow on the roads has been creating hazardous driving conditions all over the state.
The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories in multiple areas of Michigan on Friday, and into the weekend, with temperatures forecast to drop below zero at times. With frigid winds around 20 mph or more in places, forecasters say it will feel like 15 to 30 below.
A Wind Chill Advisory will be in effect in St. Clair County from 10 p.m. Friday until 11 a.m. Saturday.
As snow fell Friday, Van Buren County sheriff’s department reported numerous crashes along a stretch of Interstate 94 in southwestern Michigan.
In western Michigan, including the cities of Holland and South Haven, a winter storm warning is in effect until Saturday afternoon. Whiteout conditions are possible as winds kick up and 6 to 10 inches of snow is predicted by the time the storm ends.
Eastbound I-94 was shut down near Paw Paw after more than dozen vehicles were involved in crashes in that area, including semi trucks. Reports said one driver had to be extricated from his car and taken to a local hospital.
In Southeast Michigan, WWJ AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Bowers says we’ll see flurries, showers and even a couple of heavier squalls as snow continues to fall through the day.
He said metro Detroiters should expect poor visibility at times and a quick coating of an inch before the temperature plunges to a frigid 4 degrees Friday night and even lower Saturday. [More forecast details].
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