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MSP sends preparation alert for pending snow storm

Michigan State Police are encouraging residents to prepare for the impending winter storm to hit the southern Lower Peninsula of Michigan along Interstates 94 and 96 this evening and all throughout Friday.

Michigan State Police are encouraging residents to prepare for the impending winter storm to hit the southern Lower Peninsula of Michigan along Interstates 94 and 96 this evening and all throughout Friday.

“Traveling may be extremely dangerous during periods of heavy snowfall over the next two days,” Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, said. “If you can stay home, we encourage you to do so. Minimizing the number of vehicles on the roads, will help snowplows clear roads quicker and safer.”

The National Weather Service forecasts snow to begin this evening around 9 p.m. and continue through Friday, accumulating up to 10 inches. Currently, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Jackson counties are under a Winter Storm Warning. Michigan State Police have released a list of tips to stay safe and warm during the storm, the first being an obvious answer to safety: stay indoors.

In addition, MSP suggests that if you do need to go outdoors, to dress in warm layers and protective gear such as gloves, hats and so on. MSP also advises to avoid overexertion and watch for signs of frostbite, hypothermia and wind chill effects. Be sure to check your home's heating unit and weatherproofing to ensure heat stays indoors without possible leaks. Also, be sure to keep your family pets in mind as they go outdoors; MSP suggests to keep them indoors as much as possible as they can suffer from the same fatigue as humans do.

To read up on the coming storm set to bring up to 10 inches of snowfall, follow the links below provided by Newschannel 3's weather team.

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