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      Snow and wind combine forces to close schools again

      Snow and wind combined forces to close schools once again Wednesday. More snow sweeps in Thursday afternoon.

      Another day, another round of schools closing their doors for the day.

      While Wind Chill readings were the primary factor for school closings Monday and Tuesday, the main culprit Wednesday morning was a particular nasty combination of snow and wind leading to impassable roads and drifting for parts of the area.

      This disturbance that passed Wednesday morning really ramped up the wind, and while only a couple inches of snow fell, it seemed like a lot more as visibility for a time was down to near zero. The worst of it struck the Straits and Northwest Lower Michigan. In particular, Emmet County took the brunt of it with reports of 4-6 foot drifts and roads completely drifted shut with most schools in this area closed. My weather watcher from Petoskey said it was the worst weather he was seen all winter.

      We get a break Wednesday afternoon/night before more snow and wind quickly return Thursday. Skies will actually attempt to clear some Wednesday afternoon with peeks of sunshine and winds will drop off some.

      As mentioned above, another blow of winter sweeps across the northwoods of Michigan Thursday. Winds will really crank up out of the southwest early Thursday morning leading to blowing snow. The arrival of another clipper type weather system Thursday afternoon will spread another coating of snow with a range of 1-4" expected. Highest totals will be across the Eastern Upper Peninsula and Northwest Lower Michigan with only an inch or two further inland and south/east. Places like Houghton Lake/Clare may only see an inch or so. Temperatures though will be warmer with mid/upper-20's on tap.

      Following that, a quieter stretch of weather is forecasted with only a few flurries into early/mid part of next week. High temperatures will generally though the weekend top out in the mid/upper-teens.