Detroit (CBS) A wintry Midwest storm is dumping wet snow on parts of Michigan’s southern and central Lower Peninsula, creating treacherous driving conditions.

Police responded to dozens of crashes Monday morning in the Lansing area. Authorities warned that roads were icy and covered with snow. The Ionia County sheriff’s office says in a statement that the roads were “treacherous” and people were encouraged to stay off the roads unless travel was essential.

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Some schools in the Flint area were among those closed for the day. Rain turned to snow Monday morning in the Detroit area, leaving roads slippery for the morning commute.

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More snow was possible through Monday afternoon. Scattered power outages affecting several thousand customers were reported by Consumers Energy.

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