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Michigan braces for freezing rain; hazardous roads expected

February 5, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — Most of Michigan is bracing for freezing rain that’s expected to leave roads icy as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula deals with lingering effects of an ice storm .

The National Weather Service says freezing rain starting Tuesday night is expected to continue into midday Wednesday across the Lower Peninsula.

The weather service says freezing rain and sleet could change to rain before wrapping up, leaving a thin coating to up to a half-inch (1.3 centimeters) of ice depending on the location. Snow also is forecast further north. A winter weather advisory was issued.

Consumers Energy is mobilizing crews to deal with possible power outages. It warns freezing rain Thursday and high winds early Friday could cause more problems.

An ice storm Monday hit the Upper Peninsula. WLUC-TV reports utilities are dealing with scattered power outages and some schools remain closed Tuesday.

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