Michigan government closed amid snow; travel hazardous

January 28, 2019
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City workers put up a road closed sign on the Michigan Street hill in Grand Rapids, Mich., Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Snow made travel dangerous is many areas of the state. Heavy snow and gusting winds created blizzard-like conditions Monday across parts of the Midwest, prompting officials to close hundreds of schools, courthouses and businesses, and ground air travel. (Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Heavy snow has led to the closure of Michigan’s state government, including the Capitol building and legislative offices.

They’re due to reopen Tuesday.

Most state government offices in the Lower Peninsula were closed, effective at 10 a.m., except certain offices handling critical functions. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is encouraging motorists to stay off the roads.

Authorities say Interstate 96 was closed in both directions outside of Lansing due to weather-related crashes.

Monday’s snowstorm also prompted Lansing Mayor Andy Schor to declare a snow emergency.

The National Weather Service says the Lansing region is forecast to get about 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow in the daytime.

Hundreds of schools are closed Monday across Michigan as road conditions deteriorated. Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti was among those that canceled classes.

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