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Winter storm blasts across country, Ingham County under winter weather advisory

February 15, 2021
<p>The Spartan Statue gets a dusting of snow on Jan. 28, 2019. Lansing Mayor Andy Schor declared a snow emergency on the same day due to the inclement weather.</p>

The Spartan Statue gets a dusting of snow on Jan. 28, 2019. Lansing Mayor Andy Schor declared a snow emergency on the same day due to the inclement weather.

Photo by Matt Zubik | The State News

Winter storms blew across the country on Monday, sending huge areas of the US into winter weather advisories and leaving some areas without power.

“Millions of Americans are currently under Winter Storm Warnings, Ice Storm Warnings, Winter Storm Watches, or Winter Weather Advisories as impactful winter weather continues from coast-to-coast,” the National Weather Service said Monday.

"A massive winter storm will lift from the Southern Plains to the Northeast through Tuesday with snow, sleet, and freezing rain,” the NWS said.

The NWS said to expect significant travel disruptions and power outages, like in Texas, where more than 2 million people lost power as the storm moved across the state.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect in Ingham County from Monday, Feb. 15 at 2:20 PM to Tuesday, Feb. 16 at noon. 

The Grand Rapids Branch of the NWS issued a Winter Weather Advisory on Monday for Ingham, Calhoun and Jackson counties. A tweet from the NWS notes that the worst conditions will occur south/east of the line from Kalamazoo-Alma. 

The advisory predicts “additional snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches with locally higher amounts to 10 inches possible.” The advisory remains in effect until Tuesday, Feb. 16 at noon. 

The advisory warns that travel will be very hazardous starting this evening and lasting into Tuesday morning. 

“Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility and cause snowdrifts on area roadways,” the advisory said. “Major impacts to the Tuesday morning commute are expected along with disruptions to normal activities potentially lasting throughout the day even after the snow ends,” it said. The advisory also said that wind chill readings will be below zero. The National Weather Service also predicts that visibility will dip frequently below a half-mile, and that snowfall rates may exceed one inch per hour, according to this tweet.

The advisory recommends that those that must travel should keep an extra flashlight, food and water in their vehicle in case of an emergency.

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