A wintry mix of freezing rain, snow and sleet is falling across parts of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, filling pedestrians' shoes with slush and causing traffic-snarling crashes. Check on updates from the Meijer Traffic Center here, and listen through the afternoon for reports from Kevin Richards.
The National Weather Service says fog also is expected to create potential hazards on Thursday, followed by winds near 50 mph on Thursday night and into Friday in the southeastern part of the state. We have information from the weather service at this link.
Consumers Energy says its local service centers are staffed and additional company and contractor crews are on standby to quickly respond to power outages and downed power lines caused by the weather. See a map of power outages at this link.
The utility company offered the following tips for storm preparation:
Melting snow and rain could cause flooding in areas where temperatures are above freezing. Thursday's temperatures pushed into the lower 40s in parts of lower Michigan.
A strong storm hitting other parts of the Midwest is expected to bring 9 to 13 inches of snow in parts of the Upper Peninsula through Friday.