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More snow on way as wind chill dips to zero

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Get ready to pour some hot sauce down your shorts because it's going to be a very cold couple of days, including tonight, with 1-3 inches of additional snow through evening in west Michigan and the wind chill near and below zero.

An arctic blast Tuesday sent temperatures plummeting and equaling a record set in 1880, according to the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.

"The record low for this date was 11 degrees set in 1880," said meteorologist Rachel Kulik.

Detroit Metro matched a 134-year-old record Tuesday morning, weather service records found.

"Incidentally, the record for the lowest daytime high of 18 degrees was also set on the same date in 1880," Kulik said.

The normal temperatures for this date is 48 degrees for a high and a normal low of 34 degrees.

A winter storm warning remained in effect until 9 p.m., with blowing snow and no visibility at times through evening, the weather service said.

"Wednesday will start out dry until about 9 a.m. then we're likely to have snow showers across the metro area," Kulik said. "Between 9 a.m. and early evening, we should see 1 to 2 inches scattered across southeastern Michigan. Everyone should set at least an inch."

About 3,000 homes and businesses are without power in Ypsilanti Township after an apartment house fire damaged a transformer. According to DTE Energy Co., the power is expected to be returned late Tuesday afternoon.

The outage has forced the closing of three schools: Erickson Elementary, Washtenaw International Middle Academy and Washtenaw International High School.

Parts of western and northern Michigan are getting heavy lake-effect snow as frigid temperatures are felt throughout the state.

According to the NWS, the Gaylord area area saw about a foot of new snow late Monday and early Tuesday, with other parts of the area getting about 8 to 10 inches. By the end of the day Tuesday, the area could see another 6 to 8 inches in places.

In West Michigan, 9 inches was reported in Allegan County and another 2 to 4 inches is expected Tuesday. Winds are reducing visibility, making driving hazardous.

Severe weather has prompted officials to close schools for the day including Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University.

The schools announced that classes are canceled on Tuesday as parts of the state get hit with heavy lake-effect snow. Grand Rapids Community College locations are closed in Kent and Ottawa counties. Kalamazoo Valley Community College is shut.

Hundreds of other schools are closed, including many in the western portion of the state. Snow, winds and ice combined to make dangerous road conditions.

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Extended forecast

Tuesday: Chance of snow showers 50 percent with highs of 20 to 24 degrees. Breezy with wind chills down to 3 below.

Tuesday night: There is a 30 percent chance of snow showers after 5 a.m. Lows of 11 to 15 degrees with wind chills down to about zero.

Wednesday: Cloudy with light snow and accumulations of one to two inches. High of 29 to 33.

Wednesday night: There is a 30 percent chance of snow showers with lows of 20 to 24 degrees.

Thursday: There is a 40 percent chance of light snow showers. Highs of 25 to 29 degrees.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy with lows of 14 to 18.

Friday: Eureka! Sunny with highs of 26 to 30.

Friday night: Mostly clear with lows of 15 to 19.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with with a 30 percent chance of rain and show showers. Highs of 35 to 39.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain and snow. Lows 33 to 37.

Sunday: There is a 50 percent chance of rain with highs of 44 to 48.

Sunday: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. Lows of 37 to 41.