A bitter cold snap continues to grip Michigan, forcing school closures and prompting warming centers to extend hours for those most at risk.
The National Weather Service says temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees are expected Wednesday in the Detroit area. Detroit's low temperature Tuesday was 1 degree. Gwinn in the central Upper Peninsula was Michigan's cold spot at minus 17.
In Mid-Michigan, TV5 Meteorologist Catherine Bodak says scattered to numerous snow showers will develop today and lead to light accumulations. 0.5" to 1" is expected in most areas. Lake effect snow will impact counties in the thumb with 1-3" anticipated. Otherwise, cold conditions will persist with highs only in the mid-teens.
Warming centers are opening their doors to the homeless and anyone else looking for a warm refuge. The Salvation Army in Bay City and the Rescue Mission in Saginaw will be open when the weather reaches 30 degrees or below. Their hours are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and they do offer warm refreshments.
The centers are also providing people with a warm bed, hats, gloves and coats.
The Holy Angels Warming Center in Flint is also open 24 hours. The Warming Center is located at the corner of Saginaw Street and 5th Avenue.
If you are forced to brave the frigid temperatures, here are some safety tips.
If you do have to be outside, layer up and keep an eye out for numbness or any other early signs of frost-bite. Keep a close eye on the elderly and young children. Animal experts advise pet owners to provide appropriate shelter. Fresh straw provides a suitable layer of insulation against the cold from the ground. If you leave water outside for your pets, be sure it is does not freeze.
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