Mich. snowstorms blamed for at least 4 deaths
Snow returned to Metro Detroit and many other areas of the state Wednesday as colder temperatures linger.
The Metro Detroit region received a dusting but northern Michigan was hit much harder.
A spring storm dumped up to 14 inches of snow on parts of Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula is being blamed in at least four traffic deaths.
The Kalkaska Sheriff’s Office says the weather and road conditions were factors when a tree care service truck went out of control, crossed a highway median and struck an SUV, killing 51-year-old Betty Lou-Korson of Williamsburg on Tuesday. Three other people were injured.
Authorities say the weather and road conditions also contributed to three mid-Michigan traffic deaths Tuesday.
The Gladwin County Sheriff’s Office says 74-year-old Joan Fisher and her 50-year-old son, Brian Scherzer, died following a crash Tuesday in Buckeye Township.
The Midland County Sheriff’s Office says 56-year-old Kathleen Pomranky of Coleman when she lost control of her vehicle and collided with another in Warren Township.
It will be drier Thursday for Metro Detroit, said Jordan Dale, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s station in White Lake Township said. Dale, with a high in the low 40s. The evening will bring a mix of rain and snow. Accumulation will be light.
The temperatures were expected to be in the high 30s Friday with a chance of snow showers.
Dale said sunshine is expected through Thursday. It remains cold next week, when temperatures are expected to climb.
The mercury reached 42 at Detroit Metro Airport on Tuesday, 12 degrees below average for the date.
Consumers Energy officials said they are monitoring weather conditions closely as well as mobilizing resources and making preparations to quickly respond to any possible service interruptions.
The utility encourages the public to prepare before, during and after snowfall. Customers are encouraged to visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/OutageCenter for tips. Customers also can visit the online outage map, report an outage and sign up to receive power restoration updates.
Consumers reminds customers to stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines as well as anything the wires may be touching. Customers also are reminded that operating a generator may produce hazardous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and deadly gas. Consumers also advises against using a generator in an attached garage or basement, or near any air intakes, and never fuel a generator when it is running.
Thursday: High of 42, low of 33. Chance of a rain/snow mix in the evening.
Friday: Highs of 41, low of 23. Partly sunny skies expected.
Saturday: Highs of 39; low of 22. Partly sunny.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and chilly with a high of 41, low of 32.
Staff Writer Christine MacDonald and Associated Press contributed