Arctic cold night forces Mid-Michigan schools to cancel classes

The freezing temperatures and icy roads have prompted many schools in Mid-Michigan to call off classes for Thursday. The decision was made to ensure the safety of students and staff amid the winter storm that hit the region on Wednesday.

The winter storm that arrived on Wednesday brought a mix of snow and freezing rain to Mid-Michigan, creating hazardous driving conditions and power outages. According to the National Weather Service, some areas received up to 6 inches of snow, while others saw a quarter-inch of ice accumulation. The storm also caused widespread damage to trees and power lines, leaving thousands of customers without electricity.

Arctic cold night forces Mid-Michigan schools to cancel classes
Arctic cold night forces Mid-Michigan schools to cancel classes

The storm is expected to continue through Thursday, with more snow and ice possible in some parts of the region. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of Mid-Michigan until 7 p.m. Thursday, warning of slippery roads and reduced visibility.

Schools prioritize safety over attendance

Many school districts in Mid-Michigan decided to cancel classes for Thursday, citing the dangerous road conditions and the power outages as the main reasons. Some of the schools that announced closures include Flint Community Schools, Saginaw Public Schools, Bay City Public Schools, Genesee Intermediate School District, and Lapeer Community Schools.

The school officials said that they made the decision in consultation with local authorities and transportation experts, and that they prioritized the safety of their students and staff over attendance. They also urged parents and guardians to keep their children warm and indoors, and to check their websites and social media for updates on the school status.

Residents advised to stay home and prepare for cold

The Michigan State Police also advised residents to stay home if possible, and to avoid unnecessary travel during the winter storm. They said that the roads are slippery and dangerous, and that the visibility is low due to the blowing snow and ice. They also warned of the potential for black ice and flash freezing, especially at night when the temperatures drop below freezing.

The state police also reminded residents to prepare for the cold weather, and to have an emergency kit ready in case of a power outage or a stranded vehicle. They suggested having items such as blankets, flashlights, batteries, water, food, and a first aid kit. They also advised residents to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly and those with medical conditions, and to report any power outages or downed wires to their utility companies.

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