Winter storm causes whiteout conditions, cancellations

MANISTEE COUNTY — After two days of gusting wind and whiteout conditions at times, the sun finally came out on Sunday.

Manistee County was under a winter weather warning until early Sunday morning, then it changed to a wind chill advisory.

Throughout the state, roads and highways were shut down and police were asking people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Some events were cancelled, including the Portage Lake Vintage Snowmobile Race at the Manistee County Fairgrounds.

“This weekend’s races have been postponed due to weather and safety,” reads the Manistee County Fair Facebook page. “Safety of our spectators and riders are our main concern.”

Enduro races were scheduled for Sunday afternoon, but now will be added to the slate of events for the Feb. 28 races.

Sprint racing for 1985 and older snowmobiles was originally scheduled for Feb. 28, the enduro races will take place on March 1.

“We decided to postpone it because we were trying to have a work bee on Saturday and it was terrible,” said Darren Albrecht. “With the temperatures, we started to question if we should have the race. It seemed better to postpone it and have a better day.”

According to the National Weather Service, more snow is in the forecast for this week, with temperatures staying below 20 degrees. The area will finally see a warm up on Saturday with a high of 25.

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Posted by Michelle Graves

Michelle is the managing editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3106 or mgraves@pioneergroup.com.

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