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Extreme winter weather is dealing the first major setback to the Biden administration’s planned swift rollout of coronavirus vaccines just as the national vaccination campaign was hitting its stride.

The disruptions caused by frigid temperatures, snow and ice left the White House scrambling to work with states to make up “lost ground” even as President Joe Biden was set to visit a Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant near Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is making data on programs related to weather conditions available to farmers.

The Geographic Information System viewer allows the agency to take different types of data sets and turn them into easy-to-understand visuals like maps.

The data is from resources like the Michigan State University Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The viewer will be updated as new information is identified.


Heavy rains and flooding prompted Muskegon County officials Monday to declare a local state of emergency, as a number of Muskegon residents woke up Monday morning with flooded basements, and front yards, according to county officials. With pouring rain starting Sunday morning and continuing well into the evening, coupled with record water levels on Lake Michigan--and an already high-water table--officials say, even one day of heavy rain was enough to wreak havoc on the lakeshore. 

Snowstorm could make Upper Midwest holiday travel a mess

Nov 26, 2019
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  Forecasters say a snowstorm could make Thanksgiving travel a mess in parts of the Upper Midwest.

At least 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow is expected to begin falling Tuesday afternoon south of Interstate 94, followed by strong winds on Wednesday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Brent Hewett says Wednesday morning “is not looking great for travel.”

Meteorologists say another winter storm could develop after Thanksgiving into the weekend. But they say it’s too soon to tell whether that system will bring rain, snow or a mix.

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National Weather Service survey teams investing a possible tornado in Ada, Lowell and Lake Odessa have determined damage there was produced by straight-line winds of 70 to 80 miles per hour.

In Grand Rapids’ Belknap Neighborhood, a tornado has not been ruled out. That’s where WGVU’s Patrick Center assessed damage from 100 mile per hour winds.

“They were calling them gustnados. So, I don’t know if it was quite a tornado, but the winds were something I’d never seen before.”

“I’m Sidney Jones and I live in one of the houses that got destroyed.”

Schools close again after ice leaves thousands without power

Feb 6, 2019


Hundreds of schools are closed in Michigan as freezing rain leaves roads slippery and cuts power to thousands of homes and businesses, while flooding caused by an ice jam prompted an evacuation. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for a large swath of the Midwest, spanning from Nebraska through Michigan. The warnings come in the wake of the snow, ice and shivering cold hitting normally mild cities in the West. School districts including West Michigan were closed Wednesday, as was Grand Rapdis Public Schools. 

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National Weather Service

The Polar Vortex is retreating northward ushering in warmer temperatures from the southwest. The abrupt weekend warm-up is a dramatic swing of as much as 80 degrees in some parts of the Great Lakes region. WGVU spoke with a National Weather Service meteorologist about what’s behind the abrupt temperature shift.

The National Weather Service at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport tells us the arctic air mass begins moving out of Michigan late Saturday morning. Daytime temperatures will rise above freezing.

With dozens of auto crashes this past week across the state, including a nearly 30 car pileup Tuesday on I-96, it may come as no surprise to some that Michigan roads have been ranked as the deadliest in the country during the winter months.

Published by consumer research website,, the study says Michigan averages 37 deaths per 100 below-freezing days each year.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is closing state government for the third day this week due to winter weather, saying the step is needed to keep people safe.

Essential employees are continuing to work.

Whitmer - who announced Wednesday that state offices will remain closed Thursday - visited the State Emergency Operations Center near Lansing, thanking workers after getting a briefing. The National Weather Service says the extreme cold will last into Thursday. Wind chill factors of minus 40 degrees (negative 40 degree Celsius) can quickly lead to frostbite.

Snow blankets Upper Peninsula

Jan 23, 2018

Authorities in parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula are urging people to avoid traveling the roads after a storm dumped snow on the region. The National Weather Service says it received reports Monday of more than 13 centimeters of fresh snow in the Marquette area on Monday. Northern Michigan University in Marquette says it was closed Tuesday due to inclement weather.

Icy roads are leading to crashes in parts of Michigan and some schools are being closed as freezing weather returns following a brief warmup earlier in the week. The National Weather Service says temperatures are dropping from above freezing in the Lower Peninsula, causing earlier rain and snowmelt to freeze. T

he forecast calls for several inches of snow Friday and some rivers are at risk of causing flooding. In western Michigan, The Grand Rapids Press reports emergency crews in Kent County responded to more than 30 crashes within a 90-minute period Friday morning.

Bone-chilling cold gripped the middle of the U.S. as 2018 began, breaking low temperature records, icing some New Year's celebrations and leading to at least two deaths attributed to exposure to the elements. The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories for Monday covering a vast area from South Texas all the way to Canada and from Montana and Wyoming in the west through New England in the east. 

Crashes amid fresh snowfall snarl traffic in Michigan

Jan 2, 2018

A police chief says only three people had minor injuries in a chain-reaction crash involving about 40 vehicles on a snowy southwestern Michigan highway. The Friday afternoon pileup on U.S. 31 near Muskegon included several vehicles sliding into each other and others going off the roadway. Muskegon Township Police Chief

Many schools closed across Michigan following snowstorm

Dec 14, 2017

Many students across Michigan's Lower Peninsula are home from school as communities dig out from a snowstorm that snarled traffic and left hazardous traveling conditions in its wake. Some districts had closed Wednesday in anticipation of slippery, snow-covered roads and the number of closings increased on Thursday following the snow. 

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Dec 12, 2017

Weather officials are cautioning motorists to drive carefully with heavy snow fall and reduced visibility expected in parts of Michigan. The National Weather service issued winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings on Monday for over two dozen counties. anticipated snowfall ranges from up to five inches in southern Michigan to more than a foot of snow expected further north along Lake Michigan.