Last (snow) blast?

Snow was coming down pretty heavy at times early Wednesday morning in the Manistee area as some tried to clear the heavy, wet precipitation. (Michelle Graves/News Advocate)

Snow was coming down pretty heavy at times early Wednesday morning in the Manistee area as some tried to clear the heavy, wet precipitation. (Michelle Graves/News Advocate)

Spring storm blamed on at least 4 Michigan traffic deaths

From the Associated Press

GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — At least four traffic deaths in Michigan have been blamed on an early spring storm that dumped more than a foot

Goundskeeping intern Kever Donze clears snow from Fifth Third Ballpark at Comstock Park, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Comstock, Mich. (Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Goundskeeping intern Kever Donze clears snow from Fifth Third Ballpark at Comstock Park, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Comstock, Mich. (Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

of snow across parts of the state’s northern Lower Peninsula.

Snow began falling Tuesday but picked up in intensity early Wednesday, leaving roads slick and hazardous. National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Boguth said 2 to 3 inches of snow was falling an hour in some areas before the storm started to wind down Wednesday afternoon.

“It was a really big event,” Boguth said, noting that water on wet roads froze as temperatures decreased before the snow moved in.

On Wednesday morning, some areas of Manistee County experienced near-whiteout conditions and all of the schools in the county were closed.

A 17-year-old Ionia girl was killed in a two-car crash Wednesday morning on a snowy, slushy highway in Bengal Township, north of Lansing, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office. The girl was a passenger in a vehicle that lost control, crossed the centerline and was struck broadside by another vehicle.

The 16-year-old driver and the 59-year-old driver of the second vehicle suffered injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. Both were taken to a Lansing hospital.

Snowplows were out in full force in Manistee on Wednesday after the area was hit with several inches of snow. (Michelle Graves/News Advocate)

Snowplows were out in full force in Manistee on Wednesday after the area was hit with several inches of snow. (Michelle Graves/News Advocate)

A mother and her adult son also died following a crash Tuesday in Buckeye Township, according to Gladwin County sheriff’s officials. Weather conditions and speed were believed to be factors in the crash, which occurred in an area that got at least 4 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Up to 14 inches of snow were reported farther north.

Separately, a 56-year-old woman from Coleman died in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday night in mid-Michigan’s Warren Township. Local authorities said she likely lost control of her vehicle on icy roads.

Snow is expected to remain on the ground in northern Michigan as temperatures stay below normal, likely into next week, Boguth said.

Manistee County received about 5 inches of snow, according to the Manistee County Road Commission. That’s compared to a total of 94 inches for the previous winter.

More snow could be in store for the area. The National Weather Service forecast shows a 30 percent to 60 percent chance of snow through Saturday. On Monday, the area could see a chance of rain and snow showers with a high in the upper 30s.

Managing editor Michelle Graves contributed to this report.

 

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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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