Heavy, wet snow blamed for icy roads, Michigan power outages

March 2, 2018

Flint resident Sarah Elkins covers her head from the heavy snowfall as she crosses Saginaw Street on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Flint, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

DETROIT (AP) — Heavy, wet snow and ice are blamed for creating hazardous driving conditions in parts of Michigan and knocking out power to thousands of customers.

Rain and snow fell Thursday and wrapped up early Friday, leaving behind icy conditions. Numerous crashes were reported on Detroit-area roadways. Warmer temperatures are forecast for the coming days.

Schools were shut for the day Friday in the Detroit Public Schools Community District and some other districts due to the weather.

DTE Energy reports 104,000 of its customers were affected and 49,000 had no power Friday afternoon because of heavy, wet snow. Outages are concentrated in Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston counties with additional outages in Monroe County.

Some cities declared snow emergencies to prohibit parking on streets.

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