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Strong Winter Storm Closes Roads, Schools in Central UP

Posted at: 02/20/2013 9:12 AM
Updated at: 02/20/2013 10:40 AM

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - A strong winter storm has dumped roughly a foot of snow in parts of northern Michigan, forcing officials to close some roads and many schools in the Upper Peninsula.

Police urged people to avoid traveling between Marquette and Munising, and closed the main route between them Tuesday because of blizzard conditions. State police say plowing Wednesday aims to reopen M-28 as soon as possible.

Snow from the storm is expected to wrap up Wednesday. Parts of southern Michigan also got snow.

In the U.P., the National Weather Service says a combination of heavy snow and winds gusting to 50 mph off Lake Superior made conditions hazardous. Most schools were reported closed Wednesday in the U.P.

Snow, winds and icy temperatures in parts of West Michigan prompted some school closings Wednesday.

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