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Weather forecasters have a warning for residents in communities around Metro Detroit: The three-day marathon of snow has stopped, but it’s probably too early to put the shovels away, even as a warm-up is in sight.

Even as storm warnings and advisories evaporated, some school districts, worried about dangerous road conditions, announced school closings for Monday, including Van Buren Public Schools, Huron School District and some charter schools, including Detroit Collegiate High School in Detroit and Keystone Academy in Belleville.

After nearly a foot of snow fell during a three-day period, holding Michigan in a wintry grip and communities and shovelers marking snowfall and plotting how to move the white stuff, a mid-week warm-up is in store.

The three-day marathon began on Friday with nearly 9 inches of snow falling throughout southeast Michigan. Conditions were lighter the other two days with only about 1.1 inches of snowfall reported at Detroit Metro Airport on Saturday and about an inch of snowfall reported on Sunday.

Other totals posted Sunday by the National Weather Service for a period of between seven to 13 hours included 4.3 inches in Oakley in Saginaw and between 4.3 and 5 inches in Midland, and 1.2 inches in White Lake Township in Oakland County.

The weather, which included freezing rain locally and snow moving into Chicago, prompted an average departure delay of 57 minutes at Detroit Metro Airport on Sunday, according to FlightAware.com, an indication that snowfall still reverberated beyond Metro Detroit. FlightAware.com reported 78 delayed flights and six canceled flights.

Monday is expected to be dry and sunny, with highs in the low to mid-20s, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jordan Dale said. Again, overnight lows were expected to fall to upper single digits.

Tuesday is expected to be dry and cold, ranging between the upper 20s during the day and the lower 20s overnight. 

Then, southeast Michigan will experience a mid-week warm-up, signaling some good news. 

The season has “gone past the coldest days of the year,” and high temperatures could  hit the mid-30s, Dale said.

Wednesday and Thursday will be even warmer, with highs in the lower 40s and mid 40s, respectively. Overnight Wednesday could see snow or rain, with more snow forecast for Thursday night into Friday.

Friday will end with  dry conditions and highs in the upper 20s to lower 30s. 

Authorities have blamed at least six deaths on the winter storm that moved through the Midwest on Friday  through the weekend. Police near Flint said one person was killed Friday after a semitrailer crashed into a car that was stopped in traffic on U.S. 23.

In Naperville, Illinois, a hospital spokesman said a man in his 60s suffered a fatal heart attack Friday morning while shoveling snow. The National Weather Service reported at least 8 inches of snow fell in the Chicago suburb.

In Lake County, Indiana, four deaths in 48 hours were blamed on moving snow. The Chicago Tribune said the four deaths included a 51-year-old woman who died in her home Thursday evening after coming in from shoveling snow and a 72-year-old man who died Friday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest while using a snowblower. A 67-year-old man died Friday afternoon after shoveling snow. Details of the fourth death were not immediately available.

Michigan State Police also tallied 16 semis among 38 vehicles involved in a chain-reaction crash amid heavy snowfall on Interstate 94 near Kalamazoo.

Staff writer Candice Williams contributed.

In Naperville, Illinois, a hospital spokesman says a man in his 60s suffered a fatal heart attack Friday morning while shoveling snow. The National Weather Service reported at least 8 inches of snow fell in the Chicago suburb.

Michigan State Police also tallied 16 semis among 38 vehicles involved in a chain-reaction crash amid heavy snowfall on Interstate 94 near Kalamazoo.

 

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